Scholar monks visit Nalanda

The group of ten scholar monks from Sri Lanka visiting Nalanda Centre.

The group of ten scholar monks from Sri Lanka visiting Nalanda Centre Sri Serdang.

On Tuesday 7 February, a group of 10 scholarly Sangha members visited Nalanda Centre to learn about the Buddhist educational work done in Malaysia.  The young monks were among the best scholars throughout Sri Lanka in Pāli, Sanskrit and Sinhalese languages, having excelled in national Buddhist examinations there.  They were invited to Malaysia on a study tour courtesy of Venerable Sri Saranankara Nayaka Thero of Sentul Temple.

Nalandian officers warmly welcomed the visiting monks.

Director of Nalanda Centre Sis. Nandini and fellow officers warmly welcomed the visiting monks.

Bro. Ajita leading the venerables on a building tour.

Nalandian youth Bro. Ajita leading the venerable monks on a building tour.

Nalandians warmly welcomed the honoured guests and brought them on a tour of the centre, while introducing them to the programmes and activities offered by the Society, Institute and Dhamma School.  The venerable monks were truly gladdened and happy throughout their visit.  Leader of the group Ven. Rathanasara remarked that it was the ‘happiest day of his life’, having seen the work done by Nalanda for the Malaysian Buddhist community.

Browsing through the Pāli Tipitaka at Nalanda Library.

The venerable scholar monks were naturally attracted to the Pāli Tipitaka at Nalanda Library.

Paying respect at the K. Sri Dhammananda Shrine in Sumangala Room at Nalanda Library.

Paying respect at the K. Sri Dhammananda Shrine in Sumangala Room at Nalanda Library.

Before leaving, the monks offered blessings and words of encouragement to Nalandians to continue propagating the Dhamma.  We thank the venerables for their kind visit, and wish them the best in all noble endeavours.

A venerable read the message to Bro. Tan in absentia.

The visiting monks penned a tribute to Nalanda Malaysia and founder Bro. Tan. Here, a venerable read the message to Bro. Tan in absentia.

Presenting the monks' message to Nalanda and Bro Tan.

Presenting the monks’ message to Nalanda and Bro. Tan, which was received by Sis. Nandini.

The venerables were as respectfully sent off as they were received.

It was a joyful day spent touring Nalanda Centre. The venerables were as respectfully sent off as they were received.