Memories of a noble leader

Report by Audrey Lee Hui Yean.
Bro. Tan recollecting the leadership qualities of the late Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda.

Bro. Tan recollecting the leadership qualities of the late Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda.

During a recent Sunday Service dedicated to the memory of the late Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda to mark the 10th anniversary of his passing, Nalanda achariyas recollected heart-warming tales of their association with this remarkable ‘Dhammaduta’ (missionary monk).

Bro. Tan shared some of his fondest reminiscences as a student of the late venerable.  He said, “memories should be made up of things that are uplifting and bright… By filling our memories with good things, good people and good teachers, we can use them as our guiding light in life.”

Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama giving a talk.

Chairman of Nalanda Education Committee, Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama, giving a talk.

Nalandians tickled by Achariya Vijaya's humour.

Nalandians tickled by Achariya Vijaya’s humour.

Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama then delivered a Dhamma talk on the qualities of an ideal Buddhist leader.  In his talk, Achariya Vijaya also related his personal encounters with Ven. Dhammananda, and witnessed how the late venerable had dedicated his life selflessly to Dhamma propagation.  Ven. Dhammananda reached across large segments of the community – both Buddhists and non-Buddhists – and touched the hearts of countless people over half a century.

Achariya Vijaya elaborating on the five important "ships" for success.

Achariya Vijaya elaborating on the five important “ships” for success.

Achariya Vijaya reminded us that the most meaningful way to honour and commemorate our teachers is to emulate their virtuous qualities, and live up to their noble teachings.  Sadhu anumodana.

Nalandians discussing what they have learned with Achariya Vijaya.

Nalandians discussing what they have learned through the talk with Achariya Vijaya.