On Sunday 20 November, devotees thronged Nalanda Centre in Sri Serdang to participate in the ‘Sangha Day’ celebrations. This annual observance day is to honour the significance and contributions of the monastic community towards the preservation and propagation of Buddha-Dhamma.
Since early morning, volunteers and devotees started to arrive at the Centre to participate in various activities. The programme began officially at 9am with meditation, offerings and chanting. Nalanda founder Bro. Tan addressed the congregation with a brief introduction to the meaning of ‘Sangha’ and its pivotal role in Buddha-Sāsana. The congregation then enjoyed two Dhamma talks – Achariya S. Vijaya delivering one in English, and Sis. Nandini delivering another in Mandarin.
After the talks was the programme highlight of the day – the offering of robes and requisites to Sangha members. Following Nalandian tradition, four bhikkhus were invited for this occasion – two monks each from the two main vihāra in Kuala Lumpur.
Also in accordance to tradition, the first group of offerors comprised the heads of Nalanda education and management, who represented all Nalandian teachers, members, benefactors, volunteers and supporters. They were followed by other devotees in batches.
It was a joyous occasion for everyone who attended the ‘Sangha Day’ observance at Nalanda Centre, as many people felt they learned something important while participating in the celebrations here. It was not just an occasion to perform rituals, but a ground for spiritual training as well.
We thank the venerable monks for their kind presence to accept our offerings, and all donors and devotees who have offered robes, requisites, and donations to the Sangha fund. We also thank all organisers, hosts and volunteers for your tireless effort in making the occasion a true cause for celebration. Namo Sanghaya!