NEO Centre Sungai Petani opened

With a simple tug (straightening) of the string (of attachment), the tangle is released!

Simple tug of the string (of attachment) releases the ‘tangle’, thus marking the opening of NEO Centre.

On Friday, 25 December 2015, the Nalanda Education & Outreach (NEO) Centre in Sungai Petani was officiated by Venerable B. Sri Saranankara Nāyaka Thero.  The simple but meaningful ceremony was attended by Nalanda members from all over the country.

The programme started at 9.00am with meditation, offerings to the Three Jewels, and chanting led by Ven. Sri Saranankara.  Following that, there were touching and inspiring sharings by Nalanda founder Bro. Tan, Nalanda President Sis. Evelyn, and Chairman of Sungai Petani Branch Bro. Khaw, among others.  As it was also an Uposatha Full-moon day, many devotees marked the special occasion by observing the Eight Precepts.

Nalandians beginning the day with meditation.

As usual, Nalandians begin every occasion with meditation.

Mr. and Mrs. Lim Tai Eng from Kangar acknowledged by the congregation.

Members of the Building Committee acknowledged by fellow Nalandians for their contributions.

The congregation then acknowledged the contributions of members of the Building Committee, the contractors, benefactors, donors, volunteers and well-wishers.  No one was left out of our appreciative thoughts.  Ven. Sri Saranankara was invited to unveil a special plaque marking the officiating ceremony, and to receive our offering of lunch dāna.

Ven. Saranankara unveiling a special plaque marking the officiating ceremony of NEO Centre.

Ven. Saranankara unveiling a special plaque marking the officiating ceremony of NEO Centre.

Ven. Sri Saranankara accepting the offering of lunch dāna.

Ven. Sri Saranankara accepting the offering of lunch dāna.

The opening of NEO Centre in Sungai Petani marks a new chapter in the promotion of Buddhist education in Kedah.  As an introduction to the community, NEO Centre will be hosting a series of “Open Days” and Dhamma talks for the public in the months ahead.

Nalanda Buddhist Society records our deepest appreciation and gratitude to all donors, sponsors, contractors and everyone connected to the successful completion and opening of NEO Centre Sungai Petani.  May you receive the abundant blessings of Dhamma!  Sadhu anumodana.

Bro. Tan thanking Ven. Saranankara for his kind presence to officiate NEO Centre.

Bro. Tan representing Nalandians in thanking Ven. Saranankara for his kind presence in Kedah to officiate NEO Centre.