Remarkable Dhammaduta tour of India

The large congregation that gathered to listen to the talks in Nagpur on 11 February.

The large congregation that gathered to listen to the talks in Nagpur on 11 February, which happened to be ‘Maghapūja Day’, an important full-moon observance day.

Nalanda founder Bro. Tan was recently invited to go on a ‘Dhammaduta’ (Dhamma-teaching) tour of India from 3 to 13 February 2017.  He was the guest-of-honour and keynote speaker at the ‘Mahakarunā Diwas’ held in Delhi, Bombay and Nagpur, which were a series of lectures on Buddhist teachings organised by the Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre.

Bro. Tan speaking under the shadow of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Speaking under the shadow of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar – the legendary Indian Buddhist hero and leader.

Chatting with His Eminence Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche (middle) and Ven. Sanghasena Mahathera.

Chatting with His Eminence Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche (middle) and Ven. Sanghasena Mahathera.

Bro. Tan was specially invited by the President of Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre, Venerable Bhikkhu Sanghasena Mahathera, as the keynote speaker at a series of gatherings named ‘Mahakarunā Diwas’ to promote Buddhist teachings.  Bro Tan also took the opportunity to visit local Buddhist communities in Maharashtra, and granted interviews to the local press and Buddhist TV channel.

Ven. Sanghasena and eminent monks launching the ‘Mahakarunā Diwas’ in Mumbai on 7 February.

Ven. Sanghasena and eminent monks launching the ‘Mahakarunā Diwas’ in Mumbai on 7 February.

Throughout his Dhammaduta tour, Bro. Tan spoke about various subjects covering essential qualities of Buddha-Dhamma – its compassionate activism, vigorous practice to purify the mind, and guidance by wisdom and realisation.  He emphasised that the Buddha taught one ‘to understand suffering and to transcend it’ by cultivating morality, tranquillity and wisdom.

Bro. Tan giving the keynote speech at the Mumbai ‘Mahakarunā Diwas’.

Bro. Tan was the chief guest and keynote speaker at the Mumbai ‘Mahakarunā’ event.