Buddhist Traditions

21 November 2017

Teachings by Ven. Thubten Chodron

Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana — what do these words really mean?  Are they completely different expressions of the Buddha’s teachings?  In this series of 3 evening talks in December, Ven. Thubten Chodron encourages us to look beyond the superficial differences between Buddhist traditions, and explore how all forms of Buddhism, amidst their rich diversity, share a common heritage and even goals.

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14 November 2017

Welcome to ‘Sangha Day’

We invite you to join us in observing the annual ‘Sangha Day’ at Nalanda Centre on Sunday, 19 November.  This is an important occasion for Buddhists to honour the virtues and contributions of the monastic community.  Devotees express gratitude to monks and nuns who strive diligently in practising the Dhamma, and teaching it for the benefit of mankind.

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14 October 2017

Forum on development of Malaysian Buddhism

The Malaysia Buddhist Kulapati Association (MBKA), a federation of local Buddhist societies, is organising a forum in Seremban on 15 October to review the historical development of Buddhism in Malaysia, and to discuss its future progress.  The gathering is held to celebrate the 60th year of our nation’s independence.

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30 September 2017

Lecture on Theravāda Buddhism

Theravāda is one of the two major branches of Buddhism in the world today (the other being Mahāyana).  The Pāli term ‘Theravāda’ means “doctrine of the elders”, as this school of thought can trace its origins from the time of Emperor Asoka Moriya twenty-three centuries ago, making it the oldest existing Buddhist sect.

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25 September 2017

Dialogue on ‘Chinese Buddhism’

On Saturday 19 August, Nalanda Institute Malaysia coorganised a seminar themed ‘Face to Face & Heart to Heart’ featuring Venerable Wei Wu, the abbot of Than Hsiang Temple.  The seminar aimed to clear commonly-held misconceptions about ‘Chinese Buddhism’, and to allow for a discussion on contemporary issues affecting the Malaysian Buddhist community.

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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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