From Nalanda’s Archives – In the year 2000, Sri Serdang hosted a visit by eminent Buddhist and Pāli Scholar, the Most Ven. Dr. K Anuruddha Nayaka Thero, the first Vice-Chancellor of the Buddhist & Pāli University of Sri Lanka. The Venerable was highly respected for his vast learning in the Tipitaka and erudite teachings. Ven. Anuruddha was also Bro. Tan’s Pāli teacher. Bro.Tan and the Sri Serdang community were overjoyed when the Venerable teacher took time to visit them, and to encourage them in their learning and practice.
The Mudita Library was declared open by the Late Ven. K Sri Dhammananda Nayaka Thero in July 2000, in conjunction with Asalha month observance. It was at that time the first and only Buddhist library in Serdang. Bro.Tan had donated his entire collection of Dhamma books to start the library, and with further donations and acquisitions, the collection reached almost 2,000 books after one year.
Our archive photograph above shows Bro. Tan welcoming his teacher, the Late Ven. K Sri Dhammananda to Sri Serdang in 2000. Back then, Bro. Tan often arranged for and accompanied the inspiring late Sanghanayaka to teach Dhamma to students in universities in the Klang Valley. Given the venerable’s failing health then, Bro.Tan took over some of the teaching duties, something he does until presently.