On Saturday 26 September, Nalanda Buddhist Society Founder Bro. Tan was invited to give two motivational talks to the staff of Buddhist Institute Sunday Dhamma School (BISDS) at the Buddhist Māha Vihāra, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. The talks were attended by 45 BISDS staff members, as well as six facilitators and four students from Nalanda Dhamma School.
Bro. Tan spoke on the “Qualities of a Buddhist Volunteer” and the “Joy of Sharing Dhamma”. First and foremost, he said Buddhist volunteers need to maintain a positive mental attitude and continuously cultivate wholesome thoughts. After which, volunteers have to gradually learn about their areas of responsibility, ethics and etiquette of volunteering. Bro. Tan’s two inspiring talks gave the participants a boost in confidence to carry out their roles more effectively as volunteers and educators.
Meanwhile, Nalanda Dhamma School Director Sis. Sunanda Ong gave a presentation on the system of education applied at Nalanda. She gave examples of the positive impact it has had on Nalanda students, some of whom were there to give their testimonials and to share their personal stories. Following that, participants had a fruitful Question and Answer session with both Bro. Tan and Sis. Sunanda.
We would like to thank the Principal of BISDS, Venerable K. Siridhamma Thero, for kindly inviting Nalanda Dhamma School to share our experience with his volunteers at the Buddhist Māha Vihāra. Through such frequent exchange of ideas, we hope that Theravada Buddhist organisations can upgrade the quality of education provided at our Dhamma Schools.