Nalandians marked 15th anniversary with flowing gratitude

Ven. Saranankara and Bro.Tan unveiling Nalanda’s 15th Anniversary Commemoration Plaque.

Nalanda Buddhist Society marked its 15th anniversary celebration on 1 May 2018 with flowing gratitude towards all our teachers, spiritual guides, benefactors, supporters, members, volunteers and devotees from near and far.

Early yesterday morning, members and devotees gathered at Nalanda Centre to honour our teachers, and paid respects to our late Spiritual Adviser Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda (1918 – 2006), who gave our Society its name.  The attendees then gathered in the Dhamma Teaching Hall on Level 4 to perform Pūja, chanting, and meditation.

Nalandians started the day by honouring our teachers and paying respects to our late Spiritual Adviser Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda.

The congregation meditating in the Dhamma Teaching Hall at Level 4.

Nalanda founder Bro. Tan gave an insightful talk on how to achieve “flowing gratitude” – a condition of the mind that brings about a continuous stream of joy and happiness.  He said that happiness is not to be found somewhere out there, but it is to be experienced in our minds.

Chairman of Nalanda Education Committee (NEC) Achariya S. Vijaya leading the offerings to Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha.

Nalanda President Sis. Evelyn giving her ‘Nalanda Day’ message to much appreciation.

Director of Nalanda Institute Achariya Tan Siang Chye giving his message.

Bro. Tan giving an insightful talk on how to achieve “flowing gratitude”.

The anniversary celebrations, known here as “Nalanda Day”, was made the more significant with the presence of Ven. Sri Saranankara Nāyaka Thero and Ven. Phra Maha Ajahn Phocana from Mahachulalongkorn University in Thailand.  Ven. Saranankara also launched the 15th Anniversary Commemoration Plaque before accepting the offering of lunch dāna.

Ven. Sri Saranankara Thero and Ven. Phra Maha Ajahn Phocana arrived at the celebration.

Ven. Saranankara launched the latest issues of Nalanda Bulletin and Wisdom Park Bulletin.

We would like to thank everyone heartily for your kind presence at yesterday’s celebrations, as well as for the congratulatory messages from fellow Buddhist organisations headed by the Theravāda Buddhist Council of Malaysia.  Thank you all for the kind support and assistance given to us over the past 15 years!  May the Buddha-Sāsana long endure.

The venerables accepting lunch dāna from Nalandians and devotees.

Ven. Saranankara and Phra Ajahn Phocana chatting with Nalanda officers and members after lunch.