Nalanda Institute Convocation Ceremony for participants of BPS 302 – Certificate in Buddhist Studies was joyously held on 30 November at Nalanda Centre. The ceremony began with an ‘ovada’ or advice from Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama, the Director of Nalanda Institute. He complimented all graduates for their diligence and determination over the past 5 months to complete the course. Achariya Vijaya also quoted ‘Mangala Sutta‘ to the audience, which contains Buddha’s advice on the way to live a noble way of life which ultimately leads to liberation from suffering.
Achariya Vijaya and lecturer Bro. Ananda Fong reminded all graduates that graduation is just the beginning of one’s Dhamma learning, which serves as a base for one to spiritual practise and personal transformation. The effect of transformation will be seen by family members and friends, thus may gradually influence them to learn the Dhamma too. The graduates were advised to always associate with the wise in continuing their Dhamma learning and practice.
The Founding Director of Nalanda Institute, Bro. Tan Ho Soon, although unable to be present at the ceremony, delivered his recorded speech by further emphasizing the essence of the Buddha’s teaching and Dhamma learning. As a devotee, we should always carry this ‘gift of Dhamma’ received from our teachers with gratitude, and aspire to be able to share and pass it on to the next generation.
We rejoice in the achievements of all BPS 302 graduates. May they continue their quest for the Truth. We would also like to record our highest appreciation to all Dhamma teachers, benefactors, supporters and volunteers who have contributed to this meaningful and successful programme. Sadhu anumodana!