Reflecting on the timeless teachings on ‘Dhamma Day’

Reflecting on the timeless teachings on ‘Dhamma Day’

The congregation paid careful attention to learn and reflect on the Buddha’s Teachings.

On Sunday 2 July, over 80 devotees and volunteers gathered at Nalanda Centre on Dhamma Day, the Asalha full-moon to commemorate the Buddha’s teaching of His first discourse to the five ascetics over 26 centuries ago.  The congregation’s recitation of the inspiring ‘Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta’ led by Bro. Lim Ajit, was charged with faith and gratitude for our Fully Enlightened Teacher.

In his Dhamma talk, Bro. Tan Siang Chye said that the Dhamma as taught by the Buddha, is not just to be heard, but to diligently learned, reflected upon and put into practice.  We will only know and benefit from the Dhamma through personal experience.  Even though the teachings have been relayed from thousands of years ago, the Dhamma is timeless; it is relevant here and now.

Leaders and devotees gathered to perform ‘Achariya Abhivadana’ at the shrine of the late Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda.

Nalanda leaders paying respects and seeking forgiveness from our late Spiritual Adviser, Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda.

Sis. Buddhini relayed how Ven. Dhammananda always took every opportunity to share the Dhamma.

Receiving Ven. A Ratanasiri at Nalanda Centre.

Members, led by Sis. Buddhini welcomed Ven. A Ratanasiri Nayaka Maha Thera for joining us on this auspicious occasion.

Very often, our days are spent busy with many things which divert our attention, and focus on the past and the future.  With the cultivation of Right Mindfulness, we can train the mind to see the truth which is always with us, awaiting to be seen and understood.  Reflecting on this timely reminder, let us all continue to strive further towards liberation to experience lasting peace.

The service started with meditation and ‘puja’.

Host of the service, Sis. Living welcomed everyone to commemorate Dhamma Day with gratitude and meaningfully.

Chanting the iconic first discourse, the ‘Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta’.

Bro. Siang Chye reminded us that the Dhamma works in the past, present and future. It is always existing, to be seen and experienced by us.

Ven. A Ratanasiri compassionately received the offering of lunch dana by the congregation.

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