On 13 April, Nalanda organized a special commemoration service for Anagarika Dharmapala, a great son of Sri Lanka, a model lay Buddhist, and a prolific Dhammaduta of modern times, to mark his 150th birth anniversary.
The commemoration service began at 9.00am with meditation, pūja and chanting at Nalanda Centre Sri Serdang. Director of Pustaka Nalanda, Bro. Ananda Fong, gave a presentation on the life of Anagarika Dharmapala and his great contributions to Buddhism.
Everyone was inspired to learn about this great teacher who played a pivotal role in reviving Buddhism in India a century ago and was instrumental in the restoration of the Buddhist holy sites at Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kusinara. Anagarika Dharmapala was indeed the embodiment of compassion, courage, service and faith – all of which are Nalanda’s Core Values.
We thank Pustaka Nalanda for introducing this inspiring Buddhist leader to the Malaysian Buddhist community. Indeed there is much we latter-day devotees can learn from our Buddhist greats – how they lived their lives wholesomely, conducted themselves according to the Dhamma, and their mode of spiritual practice. Sadhu anumodana!