“Better than a hundred years lived unwisely and indolently, is one day spent in earnest, energetic effort.”
Dhammapada Verse 112
Tranquility permeated the Shrine Hall as devotees sat in silent meditation, calming the mind, absorbing the surrounding aura of peace. It was the start of the Gimhana Dhamma Retreat at Nalanda. (Gimhana, in Pali, means “summer” or “hot season”, whereas Vassana is the rainy season in India.)
For seven weeks after the Buddha’s Enlightenment, He contemplated on the Dhamma with His perfectly clear faculty of comprehension. Then, He travelled for seven days from Bodhgaya to Sarnath, where He preached the First Sermon (Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta) to the Five Ascetics in Deer Park on Asalha Day, two full moons after His Enlightenment. So it is for seven weeks after Wesak Day that Nalandians are coming together to “mengenali diri” – know ourselves – and “mendalami Dharma”, deepen our understanding of the Dhamma, with the retreat culminating on Asalha full-moon day (3 July). Read more
Garbed in saffron robes, with head cleanly shaven and a gentle smile on her lips, Ayya Susīla casts a picture of quiet beatitude that exudes great inspiration to the 35 participants sitting in meditation with her during the 2-day, 1-night meditation retreat at Nalanda Centre.
Dr. Loy began his sharing by saying that the Buddha was a great social revolutionary who advocated egalitarianism during His time in India. Regardless of caste or social status, once ordained and entered the Sangha community, one shed his/her identity and strives only for enlightenment from cycles of birth and death. To the people of India at that time, it was such a revolutionary movement and a great social awakening.
We are happy to announce that more than 140 Nalanda Free School students have successfully completed the first school term with full attendance. This shows their commitment to their learning, having realised the value of these tuition sessions. These students have also improved in their learning attitude, conduct and overall academic performance in school.
Along with reflections on mindfulness, impermanence, and the end of suffering, the author delves into the topics of rebirth, karma, non-virtue, and the roles of reasoned faith, ritual, and monasticism, revealing their continuing relevance for today’s truth seeker. The investigation on the workings of the mind and the natural world enable readers to deepen their practice and their lives.Read more
Volunteer librarians gathered on 31 March for a training session on the Senayan Library Management System which features the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), an online database with thumbnail document image support, Simple Search and Advanced Search modes, adopted by Pustaka Nalanda.