On Sunday 4 January, we were honoured to have Venerable Chang Zao and Venerable Ayya Santinī for Dhamma talk and ‘ovada’ (advice) respectively on our first Service Sunday for the New Year.
Venerable Chang Zao mentioned that calmness is not practiced in seclusion but in our daily life as well. We are able to maintain balance mentally and physically by being in the present moment, cultivating appreciation and joy. Letting go of the past and living every moment as a new beginning will result in happiness.
Ayya Santinī advised us to learn the Dhamma diligently so that we can handle our inner conflicts with wisdom and the gained knowledge. When faced with challenges in our lives, we may choose to handle it positively or negatively. As Ayya quoted, “Your Choice Is Your Life”.
We also have the opportunity to invite Nalanda Founder, Bro. Tan to give a New Year message. Bro. Tan urged us to live purposefully by learning, practicing, and realising the Dhamma. He advised us to embark on this journey of learning and discovery joyfully, conscientiously and mindfully. Bro. Tan wished us to have a fruitful, meaningful and beneficial year.
We were grateful for all the teachings to start the New Year with. The weekly Service Sunday concluded joyfully with dedication of merits to all beings. Venerables Chang Zao and Ayya Santinī were invited for lunch dāna at the newly completed reception hall and later, lunch were served to devotees at Sirivijaya Hall. Sadhu anumodana!