Pre-New Year traditions at Nalanda

A happy gathering after the evening chanting on Tuesday, 24 January.

A happy gathering after the evening chanting on Tuesday, 24 January.

The few days leading to the arrival of Lunar New Year have traditionally been a time for Nalandians to gather to wish each other a joyful celebration before everyone heads home for reunion with family and friends.  On Tuesday 24 January, the New Year ‘couplet’ was unveiled before the start of evening chanting in the Shrine Hall at Nalanda Centre.  It was indeed a lively and cheerful event for devotees in Sri Serdang.

The Executive Committee (EXCO) had its final meeting in January.

The Executive Committee (EXCO) had its final meeting in January before the week-long break.

Nalanda education division directors also had their meeting to discuss preparations for the upcoming WACANA Buddhist Conference.

Nalanda education division directors also had their meeting to discuss preparations for the upcoming WACANA Buddhist Conference scheduled on 1 July.

The Nalanda Executive Committee (EXCO) and Nalanda Education Team (NET) also met on Tuesday to discuss outstanding issues before the long New Year holiday period.  Officers took the opportunity to thank one another for the hard work and services rendered in the past twelve months, and wish everyone the best of conditions to continue serving the Buddha-Sāsana throughout the year.

Bro. Tan writing calligraphy for officers this New Year.

Nalanda founder Bro. Tan writing calligraphy for officers this New Year.

Nalandians gather at the EXCO Room for the writing of New Year calligraphy.

Nalandians gather at the EXCO Room in another time-honoured tradition – the writing of New Year calligraphy.

Nalanda Buddhist Society management and members would like to wish everyone “Happy New Year”.  May all of us be blessed with joy, peace, and wisdom.  Sukhihontu!

The serene Shrine Hall at Nalanda Centre.

The serene Shrine Hall at Nalanda Centre, Sri Serdang.