From 23 August to 2 September, a group of 35 Nalandians led by Nalanda founder Bro. Tan travelled to Ladakh for the trip of a lifetime. Ladakh is a region administered by India, located in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent at 15,000 ft above sea level, on the Karakoram mountain range. The group was privileged to be hosted by Ven. Sanghasena Mahathera, and was warmly welcomed upon arrival at Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC).
On 25 August, Nalandians were joined by the staff and students of MIMC to observe the 10-year memorial of our four beloved Dhamma sisters – G. G. Tan, Julie Ang, Jennie Cheong, and Lee Ah Yem – at a special service led by Ven. Sanghasena. The group then visited the Buddhist schools and centres run by the Mahabodhi Society to provide them with material and moral support, as well as gain a better understanding of their progress.
As the group traversed across the Ladakh region, to scenic places such as Khardung-La and Nubra Valley, they visited temples, monasteries and ancient sites to discover the rich history of Buddhism in Ladakh. Every morning and evening, Nalandians would also gather for meditation, chanting and Dhamma teachings, enabling each traveller to not just take in the sights but to be engaged in wholesome learning, reflection and practice of Dhamma.
We are grateful to Ven. Sanghasena and our hosts for their kind hospitality, and we wish them continued success in their noble and charitable missions. We also extend our appreciation to Bro. Tan for his guidance and teachings, as well as to Datuk Charlie and the organising team who ensured all aspects of the trip were well taken care of. We will fondly remember Ladakh, and keep its graceful people and well-preserved culture in our hearts.