Meditation class at NEO Centre KL

Bro. Tan leading the first session at NEO Centre KL last Thursday.

Bro. Tan leading the first session at NEO Centre KL last Thursday.

The Nalanda Education & Outreach (NEO) Centre in Happy Garden Kuala Lumpur was packed to the brim last Thursday as a new meditation class got underway.  More than 50 meditators signed up for the class, which is the second to be held at the Nalanda branch centre following a successful one last year.

The 3-month course is led by Nalanda founder Bro. Tan and conducted in Mandarin.  In the first session last week, Bro. Tan introduced everyone to the basics of “Anāpanasati” – mindfulness of breathing.  He said that this meditation aims to calm the mind and sharpen one’s mindfulness.  Bro. Tan also answered many questions raised by participants on practical matters such as postures, physical discomfort while meditating, and ways to overcome hindrances.

Participants sitting quietly and establishing their mindful attention on breathing.

Participants sitting quietly and establishing their mindful attention on breathing.

Bro. Tan giving a talk.

Bro. Tan also gave practical tips and advice on how to begin one’s practice.

In the subsequent sessions, Bro. Tan will be introducing more theoretical and pragmatic aspects of Buddhist meditation, while gradually guiding everyone to sit for longer periods of time.  We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the second lesson this Thursday, 18 August.  Sadhu!

Enjoying the teachings.

Participants enjoying the session and teachings.

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