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.
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.
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.
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!