On Saturday 7 May, a group of visitors from the Mahabodhi Society of India (Hyderabad Branch) dropped in at Nalanda Centre Sri Serdang for a familiarization tour. The group of a dozen elders was journeying through Malaysia and Indonesia. Upon arrival at Nalanda, they were warmly welcomed by Nalandian officers and brought on a guided building tour.
Nalanda founder Bro. Tan happily received the Mahabodhi group and briefed the visitors about Buddhism in Malaysia. He also mentioned that Andhra Pradesh in Southern India was a stronghold for both Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism in the first millennium CE, with Amaravati being an important centre for Buddhist studies, sculpture and art.
The visitors were clearly impressed with the detailing at Nalanda Centre, which reflected the best of Indian and Srivijayan Buddhist iconography and symbolism. They also took the opportunity to invite Bro. Tan to visit their mission in Hyderabad, to which he gladly promised to, one day.
We thank the Mahabodhi Society members and devotees for visiting us and for fostering this beautiful spiritual friendship between Indian and Malaysian Buddhist communities. Sadhu!