On Friday 24 April, Nalanda Founder Bro. Tan was invited to speak at an Interfaith Dialogue organized by the Muslim Students Association of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang. The theme of the dialogue was, “Can religion achieve Peace and Happiness?”
Bro. Tan explained the Buddhist concept of happiness – which is multi-layered and mostly ‘conditioned’ – from the basal, sensual delights to more and more subtle forms of joy, and ultimately to the ‘unconditioned’, greatest happiness of ‘Nibbāna’ (Pāli, ‘Nibbānam paramam sukham’).
Also represented at the dialogue were the Muslim, Catholic, and Hindu speakers. Members of the UPM Buddhist Society were at the forum as well to lend their support. It was a delightful gathering of hearts and minds to explore the very raison d’être of religion – the attainment of Peace and Happiness.