Today marks the 9th anniversary of Nalanda Institute Malaysia. As the Director, I am proud of the achievements the Institute has achieved over the years. Nine years since our establishment in 2007, we have successfully provided quality Buddhist education to 10,800 participants, completely free of charge!
We are grateful for the support from Nalanda Buddhist Society’s Board of Management and membership. All the resources which we needed to run our programmes have been generously provided. With encouragement and spiritual support, the Institute team felt inspired and confident in organizing even more programmes for the community.
In the past one year, we broken new grounds in conducting the BPS 303 course for participants in Kelantan – by broadcasting live the classes run in Sri Serdang. We also ensured that learning was not compromised by sending officers to conduct several tutorials in Kota Bharu.
I am proud of the results achieved by our Kelantanese brothers and sisters, which more than matched those of participants from Kuala Lumpur. With this new experience, the Institute is now looking at efficient ways to deliver our programmes simultaneously at various locations within the country, and in the future, even beyond our shores.
The Institute team has also been consciously strengthening efforts to offer more programmes for Chinese-speaking participants. We are happy to report that courses in Mandarin, though mainly at basic and intermediate levels, were well-received with more than two hundred participants completing them. Many thanks to our Mandarin-speaking lecturers involved!
Going forward, Nalanda Institute recognizes multiple challenges in bringing Malaysian Buddhists into Buddha-Dhamma. One of the ways to address this issue is to enhance the quality and increase the visibility of our programmes in order to attract more participation from the community.
On this special occasion, I would like to thank my great team members for their energy and commitment in enabling Nalanda Institute to realise its goals for the year; and we look forward to offering higher levels of service to the community in future. Thank you and Maha Sadhu!