31 August 2014 not only marked the 57th Independence Day of Malaya, but also the 8th anniversary of our late Spiritual Advisor Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda’s passing. Nalandians gathered on this day to commemorate our late teacher’s lifetime missionary work and celebrate his spirit and teachings that brought a huge impact to the Buddhist community.
The “K. Sri Dhammananda Memorial Day” started with the raising of ‘Jalur Gemilang’ (Malaysian National Flag) and the Buddhist Flag. It was followed by a stately “Robes Procession” from Nalanda House to Nalanda Centre, with the rhythmic beating of gongs and continuous toiling of bells.
After the pūja and meditation session, Nalanda Founder Bro. Tan gave a moving Dhamma Talk and shared some of his fondest memories and personal encounters with his late venerable teacher. He stressed the importance of maintaining ‘samaggi’ (true harmony) in a spiritual community.
Bro. Tan quoted the Kosambiya Sutta (MN 48) where the Buddha taught six ways to achieve harmony in the community, namely: 1) Maintaining bodily conduct with mettā towards our companions both in public and in private; 2) maintaining speech full of mettā both in public and in private; 3) maintaining thoughts of mettā both in public and in private; 4) be generous with fellow companions; 5) have a common standard of discipline; and 6) hold Right Views in common. Bro. Tan added that harmony is essential for any group, society or even country to progress and achieve excellence.
After the talk, Nalandians proceeded to Sanghika Dāna for venerable monks who were present to grace the occasion. The memorial service concluded with dedication of merits to the late venerable and to all sentient beings. Let the profound teachings and admirable qualities of our late teacher continue to inspire and spur us on to live righteously in accordance to Dhamma. Sadhu!