Scholar monks at Nalanda Centre

The scholar monks visited Nalanda Centre as part of their study tour to Malaysia.

The group of scholar monks visited Nalanda Centre as part of their study tour to Malaysia.

On Thursday 26 May, a group of 13 young monks from Sri Lanka visited Nalanda Centre to learn about Buddhist educational work in Malaysia.  These monks were among the best scholars in Pāli, Sanskrit and Sinhalese languages, having excelled in Sri Lankan national ‘Pirivena’ examinations and obtained the first places in those subjects.  They were accorded a special visit to Malaysia courtesy of Venerable Sri Saranankara Nayaka Thero of Sentul Temple.

The venerable monks at the "Beacon of Dhamma" exhibition.

The venerable monks at the “Beacon of Dhamma” exhibition which chronicles the lifetime missionary contribution of Nalanda’s late Spiritual Adviser, Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda (1918 – 2006).

Director of Pustaka Nalanda showing the library's collection of Pāli Tipitaka.

Director of Pustaka Nalanda Bro. Ananda Fong showing the library’s collection of Pāli Tipitaka.

Nalanda officers briefed the scholars on the programmes offered by the Society, Institute and Dhamma School.  The venerables were visibly joyful throughout their visit and expressed their admiration for the good work done in Malaysia.

Bro. Tan briefing the venerables on educational programmes organised by Nalanda Society, Institute, and Dhamma School.

Bro. Tan briefing the venerables on Nalanda’s numerous educational programmes.

The venerables perusing the Society's publications.

The venerables going through the Society’s publications.

Before leaving, the monks offered blessings to Nalandians to carry on with our successful Dhammaduta initiatives.  The venerables also promised to return to Malaysia if given a chance to propagate Dhamma here, perhaps in the footsteps of the late Sri Lankan luminary – Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda.  Sadhu anumodana!

In the Sumangala Room at Nalanda Library.

Posing at the shrine dedicated to the late Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda in Sumangala Room, Nalanda Library.