On Sunday 8 March, Nalandians and devotees congregated to observe the 1st anniversary of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370’s mysterious disappearance over the Indian Ocean. Venerable Seelananda Maha Thero, Deputy Abbot of Bhāvanā Society, West Virginia, USA, graced the occasion with an insightful Dhamma talk.
Ven. Seelananda reminded everyone about the impermanence of life and reinforced the urgency to practise in order to stop this “Samsaric cycle of rebecoming”. Bhante emphasised the importance of meditation – both ‘samatha’ and ‘vipassana’ – in order to obtain concentration and see things as they really are in the form of ‘Anicca’ (impermanence), ‘Dukkha’ (suffering), and ‘Anatta’ (non-self).
Relating to the impermanence of existence, Ven. Seelananda advised everyone to see life just like a clay pot; when it is moulded, we know its fragility and it is only a matter of time before it breaks. Similarly, our life is ‘fragile’ and it is only a matter of time before it ends; hence there is no need to grief over it, but only the need to reflect.
With this insightful Dhamma talk and lunch offerings, devotees spent a meaningful day at Nalanda Centre and thereafter dedicated merits to the casualties of MH370 and their families. May they be at Peace.