Nalanda Institute Convocation Ceremony

Convocation group photograph of  Achariya Tan Ho Soon, Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama, Achariya Tan Siang Chye, Bro. Ananda Fong and participants of BPS 303 - Certificate in Buddhist Studies.

Convocation group photograph of Achariya Tan Ho Soon, Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama, Achariya Tan Siang Chye, and participants of BPS303 – Certificate in Buddhist Studies.

On 19 December, students of BPS 303 – Certificate in Buddhist Studies, gathered at Nalanda Centre for their graduation ceremony.  Also present were students of BPS 101 – Buddhist Studies in Mandarin, who were there to rejoice and strengthen the bonds of  kalyana mittatā (spiritual friendship) forged over the course of their studies.

The occasion was a culmination of their dedication, hard work and effort over the five months of learning together.  As a mark of gratitude, the graduating students chanted the ‘Karaniya Mettā Sutta’ led by Bro. Kow.

Convocation group photograph of  Achariya Tan Ho Soon, Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama, Achariya Tan Siang Chye, Bro. Ananda Fong and participants of BPS 101 - Buddhist Studies in Mandarin.

Convocation group photograph of Achariya Tan Ho Soon, Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama, Achariya Tan Siang Chye, Bro. Ananda Fong and participants of BPS 101 – Buddhist Studies in Mandarin.

Director of Nalanda Institute Achariya Tan Siang Chye gave an impactful speech, quoting Einstein in saying, “Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything learnt in school.” Graduates were reminded to continue with their Dhamma learning as Achariya S. Vijaya too, drove home the point of keeping up with the principle of pariyati, patipatti and pativedha.

Sis. Suh Chuen receiving a prize for the Best Overall Performance in the BPS 303 Certificate in Buddhist Studies from Bro. Tan, while Achariya Vijaya, Achariya Siang Chye, Bro. Ananda and Sis. Sandy look on.

Sis. Suh Chuen receiving a prize for the Best Overall Performance in the BPS 303 Certificate in Buddhist Studies from Bro. Tan, while Achariya Vijaya, Achariya Siang Chye, Bro. Ananda and Sis. Sandy look on.

Meanwhile, Nalanda Institute’s Director Emeritus Achariya Tan Ho Soon urged graduates to view their graduation as the beginning and not the end of their Dhamma learning.  We rejoice in the participants’ achievements.  May they be resolute in their quest to learn Dhamma.

BPS 303 participants receive prizes for 'Best Group Assignment'.

BPS 303 participants receive prizes for ‘Best Group Assignment’.

We would like to record our deep appreciation to all Dhamma teachers, benefactors, supporters and volunteers who have contributed to these two beneficial and inspiring study programmes. Sadhu anumodana!

Achariya Vijaya presenting a certificate to BPS 303 participant, Sis. Sujata.

Achariya Vijaya presenting a certificate to BPS 303 participant, Sis. Sujata.

Achariya Vijaya presenting a certificate to BPS 303 participant, Bro. Stan Lee.

Achariya Vijaya presenting a certificate to BPS 303 participant, Bro. Stan Lee.

Student Representative of BPS 101 - Buddhist Studies in Mandarin, Bro. Vincent, speaking on behalf of his course mates.

Student Representative of BPS 101 – Buddhist Studies in Mandarin, Bro. Vincent, speaking on behalf of his course mates.

Sis. Chew Woon, Student Representative of BPS 303 - Certificate in Buddhist Studies, expressing her gratitude to everyone who made it possible for the students to learn in a conducive environment.

Sis. Chew Woon, Student Representative of BPS 303 – Certificate in Buddhist Studies, expressing her gratitude to everyone who made it possible for the students to learn in a conducive environment.