13 July 2021

How meditation frees our mind

Mental defilements afflict the vast majority of beings.  They fester in our minds when we leave them unchecked, letting mental habits control us.  As a consequence of unskillful thoughts, speech or actions, we end up in despair or regret, and having to bear the resultant kamma.

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6 July 2021

Dāna is not just about giving

Dāna – the practice of giving – is a fundamental cultivation for Buddhists.  We are often encouraged to offer alms to Sangha members, perform service at temples, monasteries and Dhamma centres, as well as provide advice and encouragement to our friends.  Giving enables us to experience deeper joy because it is not reliant on material gain, instead it opens up our hearts to connect with others.

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1 July 2021

14th Anniversary of Nalanda Institute Malaysia

Since its establishment in 2007, the Institute has steadfastly focussed on its objectives to promote and facilitate the study, research and propagation of the Buddha’s teachings. We extend our appreciation to past and present Directors of the Institute, its core volunteers and all our benefactors for your support in helping us deliver our programmes for the benefit of the community.

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29 June 2021

Why do Buddhists chant?

The practice of chanting forms a basic yet invaluable aspect of Buddhist education.  The verses recited contain universal truths, values and virtues uttered by the Buddha Himself, and have been passed down through generations to not just recite, but to understand, reflect and realise.  This practice is especially helpful in our modern hectic lifestyle as it helps us develop the Three C’s – Calm, Clarity, and Concentration.

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23 June 2021

Develop wholesome habits

Have you been putting aside meditation or reading a Dhamma book because it was easier to binge-watch TV?  We may even have held on to feelings of anger, frustration and jealousy because it feels more ‘righteous’ than forgiving and letting go.  Our old habits and tendencies form the path of least resistance, but we must remember that this route blurs our minds and weaken our resolve.  Instead, we should cultivate “Aditthana” – determination to persevere for a noble goal despite the difficulties.

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20 June 2021

Happy Father’s Day

Today, we celebrate fathers around the world who uphold their duty to provide, protect and support us.  They lift us up and show us the way to be good, upright and honest citizens of the world.  Let us recollect the love our fathers have afforded us and honour them with our affection and gratitude.  We wish all fathers “Happy Father’s Day”.

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17 June 2021

Birth anniversary of Ajahn Chah

17 June 2021 marks the 103rd birth anniversary of the late Venerable Ajahn Chah Subhaddo. We humbly pay tribute to this great monk whose life and teachings inspired countless people, monks and laity alike.

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13 June 2021

Gimhāna – A time to know ourselves

In the annual Nalanda Gimhāna Retreat, Nalandians are encouraged to deepen our understanding and cultivation of Dhamma. Watch this video to learn more about this seven-week retreat which starts today.

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7 June 2021

Official birthday of YDP Agong

Today, Malaysians celebrate the official birthday of His Majesty the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong on the first Monday of June.  Nalanda Buddhist Society offer our felicitations to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.  We wish His Majesty the blessings of good health, happiness, peace and wisdom.

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5 June 2021

Let’s get active, not anxious

Today is World Environment Day, an apt time for us to reconsider our habits so that we help and not harm the environment in our everyday lives.  We may not be able to turn back time on environmental degradations such as deforestation, pollution and ozone depletion, but we can quickly change to do more to care for the very thing – the environment – which sustains our living.

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