The Wesak Observance period usually spans three to four days in Sri Serdang. Nalanda founder Bro. Tan emphasized that the significance of Wesak Day is the celebration of Buddha’s Enlightenment – which has such a significant impact on humanity. And the way to ‘celebrate’ His Awakening is to learn His teachings properly and practise them conscientiously; this is also the manner to truly honour and revere Him. Hence, activities during Wesak should emphasize more on educating the community than merely on performing rituals.
As such, a very important programme at Nalanda on ‘Buddha Day’ is the sutta study and meditation session. The 2-hour programme often attracts a large number of participants, despite it being held in mid-afternoon. This year, Bro. Tan conducted the study session by discussing six discourses from the Anguttara Nikaya touching on the subject of “Wisdom” – which was the theme of Nalanda’s ‘Buddha Day’ observance.