Buddhist Traditions

26 August 2017

‘Dhamma Day’ B.E. 2561 at Nalanda

On Saturday 8 July, Nalanda marked the annual ‘Dhamma Day’, which fell on the full-moon of Asalha month.  Nalanda Institute Director Achariya Tan Siang Chye gave a talk on the significance of ‘Dhamma Day’.  It is one of the most important observance days for Buddhists as it commemorates the first preaching of Dhamma after the Buddha’s Enlightenment.

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13 August 2017

Face-to-face with Mahāyāna Buddhism

Than Hsiang Foundation Malaysia is organising a seminar this Saturday themed, ‘Face to Face & Heart to Heart’ featuring Venerable Wei Wu, the abbot of Than Hsiang Temple.  The dialogue will be moderated by Buddhist stalwart Bro. Benny Liow.  Former Director of Nalanda Institute Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama and Nalanda founder Bro. Tan will also be presenting their views.

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19 July 2017

Seminar on Mahāyāna Buddhism

Than Hsiang Foundation Malaysia is organising a seminar on Saturday 19 August themed, ‘Face to Face & Heart to Heart’, featuring Venerable Wei Wu, the abbot of Than Hsiang Temple.  The dialogue will be moderated by former Director of Nalanda Institute Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama, and Buddhist stalwart Bro. Benny Liow.

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13 July 2017

Bhikkhunī ‘Pindacāra’ in Seri Kembangan

On Saturday 20 May, Nalandians gathered with much enthusiasm for the monthly ‘Pindacāra’ programme at Seri Kembangan morning market.  The regular alms-round allows lay people to learn how to perform the offering of almsfood properly, as well as why it is important to support the Buddhist monastic order.

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9 July 2017

Entering the ‘Vassana’ period

According to Theravāda tradition, fully-ordained monks and nuns (bhikkhus and bhikkhunis) are required to observe Vassana’ or ‘Rains Retreat’ for a 3-month period, beginning the day after the full-moon of Asalha month, which is today.

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26 May 2017

PBUM Buddhist history camp

From 7 to 9 April, Persatuan Buddhist Universiti Malaya (PBUM) held a camp at Nalanda Centre on the history of Buddhism.  30 students gathered for three wholesome days to learn from Venerable Ji Chi the development of Buddhism throughout the past 2,500 years – from its emergence in ancient India to how it evolved into three main traditions of Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana, today.

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3 May 2017

Paying Homage to Buddha Relic

For the first time ever, the public will get the opportunity to worship the Buddha Relic (Şaŗira) at Nalanda Centre on Wesak Eve (from 7pm on Tuesday, 9 May) and Wesak ‘Buddha Day’ (until 7pm on Wednesday, 10 May).

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26 April 2017

Fly the iconic Buddhist Flag

Today is the beginning (New-moon day) of ‘Vesakha’ – the month commemorating Buddha’s Enlightenment 2,606 years ago.  We invite everyone to join us at Nalanda Centre for chanting, meditation and Dhamma talk this evening starting at 8.00pm.

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6 March 2017

Achariya-abhivādana

One of the most enduring and evocative traditions at Nalanda is the “Achariya-abhivādana” – where Nalandian officers formally pay respect to teachers past and present.  The simple ceremony is performed on special occasions such as ‘Buddha Day’, ‘Dhamma Day’, ‘Sangha Day’, ‘Education Day’ (on 11 December), Nalanda’s anniversary celebration (‘Nalanda Day’, on 1 May), and memorial days of departed achariyas.

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9 December 2016

Alms-round on the streets of Penang

Photograph credits to Gary Chen and The Star.

Malaysian daily The Star reported that 135 ‘bhikshus’ (monks), ‘bhikshunis’ (nuns), and novices went on an alms-gathering procession on the streets of George Town on 8 December.  The alms-round was held in conjunction with a novitiate programme organised by Kek Lok Si, the largest Māhayana Buddhist monastery in Penang.

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