Landmark agreement to revitalise Buddhism in India

Report by Ajita.
Ven. Sanghasena making a point at a meeting with Bro. Tan and Nalanda officers.

Ven. Sanghasena making a point at a meeting with Bro. Tan and Nalanda officers.

Nalanda Centre was honoured to host Ven. Sanghasena Mahathera and his two key assistants from Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre in Ladakh – Mrs. Dorma and Ms. Kunzang – on their recent visit to Malaysia from 18 to 20 April.  Ven. Sanghasena was here to conduct discussions with Nalanda founder Bro. Tan on plans to help revitalise Buddhism in India.

Several meetings were held between Ven. Sanghasena and Nalanda officers.

Several meetings were held between Ven. Sanghasena and Nalanda officers on plans to revitalise Buddhism in India.

Their fruitful 2-day meeting concluded with an agreement between The Foundation for Indian Buddhism (based in Delhi) and Nalanda Buddhist Society to conduct (1) exchange programmes between Indian and Malaysian Buddhist youths with special emphasis on spiritual and community-leadership training; and (2) missionary tours by Dhamma teachers from Malaysia to propagate Buddhism in India every year.

A “Fund for the Revitalisation of Buddhism in India” will be established by Nalanda to sponsor the above programmes for the next 10 years, from 2017 to 2026.  The scope of cooperation and key programmes involved will be reviewed every two years, and expanded where opportunity presents.

Ven. Sanghasena giving a talk on compassion.

Ven. Sanghasena giving a talk on compassion after Wednesday’s meditation session.

During the weekly meditation session on Wednesday 19 April, Ven. Sanghasena also shared with Nalandians his experience and inspiration of missionary work in Ladakh and elsewhere.  Ven. Sanghasena truly embodies the spirit of ‘Maha-karunā’ with his relentless efforts in spreading Buddha’s message through words and deeds in many parts of India.

Devotees offer meals to Ven. Sanghasena.

Devotees took turns to offer meals to Ven. Sanghasena during his sojourn at Nalanda Centre.

Ven. Sanghasena chatting with Nalandians after meals.

Ven. Sanghasena chatting with Nalandians after meals.

Nalanda would like to express our appreciation to Ven. Sanghasena and his assistants for their landmark visit and commitment.  We also thank Datuk Charlie Chia and Bro. Raymond Ang for coordinating their visit, and accompanying them throughout their stay at Nalanda Centre.  Sadhu anumodana.

Special thanks to (from right) Datuk Charlie Chia, Bro. Raymond Ang, and Kunzang Dechen.

Special thanks to (from right) Datuk Charlie Chia, Bro. Raymond Ang, and Ms. Kunzang Dechen.