In conjunction with Nalanda ‘Education Day’, 35 Nalanda officers gathered at Nalanda Centre on 12 December 2016 for the second-ever Nalanda Education Workshop. The aim of the workshop was to chart and align the direction of all Nalanda education divisions in accordance with the ‘Nalanda Education Philosophy’.
The workshop saw the participation of officers representing Nalanda Dhamma School, Nalanda Institute, Free School, Youth Centre, Pustaka Nalanda, and ‘Dhamma Family’ leaders. Venerables Balacitta and Vijaya who were visiting Nalanda Centre during that period also graced the meeting.
Chairman of Nalanda Education Team (NET) Achariya S. Vijaya set the workshop in motion with his opening address themed “Moving forward together”. He emphasised that going forward, we have to strive to present the teachings of the Buddha in a way that is relevant to modern society, according to people’s present needs.
Nalanda founder Bro. Tan rejoiced together with the officers in the progress and accomplishments of educational programmes throughout the year. Bro. Tan highlighted that Nalanda’s programmes must not only provide knowledge, but should also be conducive to the arising of insight. From now on, we must work to lay a strong spiritual foundation for the future Enlightenment of beings.
After performing lunch dāna for the venerables, Director of Nalanda Institute Achariya Tan Siang Chye guided officers in the planning of 2017 programmes, where all education divisions would go by common themes every month of the year. This step is instrumental for Nalandians to move forward together in learning Dhamma.
By the end of the workshop, officers felt a great positive energy and look forward to implement our programmes in the coming months. We would like to thank all Nalanda education officers for their spirited participation in the workshop. May we continue to serve selflessly and tirelessly for the benefit of many. Sadhu anumodana!