24 May 2016

Develop faith and devotion with wisdom

On Sunday 8 May, Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama gave a talk on ‘Faith and Devotional Practice’.  He explained that ‘faith’ in the context of Buddhism is not blind nor dogmatic, but is developed through gradual approach and proper understanding, which then gives rise to wisdom.

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15 May 2016

8-session meditation course ends

On Thursday 28 April, the Universiti Putra Malaysia Buddhist Society (PBUPM) meditation course came to a close for this semester.  With the upcoming university examinations and long holidays after that, the weekly meditation sessions will only resume when school reopens in August.

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28 April 2016

Observing precepts and morality  

On Sunday 24 April, Sis. Santi Cheang gave a talk on ‘Observing the 5 Precepts’ to participants of BPS 033 ‘Buddhist Practice & Devotion’ course.  She explained that Precepts form the basis of morality for Buddhists.  It strengthens our commitment to spiritual practice, and ensures a life of integrity and peace.  Precepts are observed voluntarily by devotees; they are not commandments from the Buddha.

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26 April 2016

Taking refuge in the Three Jewels

On Sunday 17 April, Sister Buddhini Tan gave a talk on ‘Going for Refuge’ to participants of BPS 033 ‘Buddhist Practice & Devotion’ course.  Sis. Buddhini explained that the practice of ‘Going for Refuge’ existed even before the Buddha’s time.  It was customary for a follower to proclaim his or her faith in the teacher or a higher power.

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29 March 2016

‘Buddhism’ explained in beginning of course

On Sunday 27 March, Sis. Paru conducted the first of six modules of BPS 033 ‘Buddhist Devotional Practice’ course, where she touched on the topic of ‘What is Buddhism?’ and ‘The Three Jewels’.  She explained that the coined English term ‘Buddhism’ refers to the religious tenets and practices centred upon the Buddha’s teachings.  When Buddhism spread to other parts of the world, it took on different forms due to the influence of local beliefs and culture of the indigenous peoples.

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27 March 2016

Lesson on Buddhist history

On Saturday 26 March, Nalanda Institute offered the third session of its BPS 201 Intermediate-level Buddhist Studies in Mandarin.  The topic was ‘Buddhism after the Buddha’, and it was conducted by Sis. Santi Cheang and Sis. Sandy Lim.  They also shared about the history of Buddhism in Malaysia and the significance of the Tipitaka in Buddhism.

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10 March 2016

Good response to new course

On Saturday 5 March, Nalanda Institute Malaysia welcomed about 50 participants to its new course, BPS 201 Intermediate-level Buddhist Studies in Mandarin.  The participants consisted mainly of students who had successfully completed last year’s BPS 101 – Basic Buddhist Studies.

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4 February 2016

Intermediate Buddhist Studies in Mandarin

Nalanda Institute Malaysia is pleased to offer its first Intermediate Buddhist Studies course in Mandarin (BPS201) from 5 March to 14 May. There will be 8 sessions held on designated Saturdays, from 3.00pm to 6.00pm. The course is suited for those who have attended the Basic Buddhist Studies course in Mandarin (BPS101 or BPS001) or its equivalent.

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21 January 2016

Induction course for parents

On Sunday 10 January, parents of newly-enrolled Dhamma School students and new-comers to Nalanda Centre were invited to attend the first session of ‘Svagatam’ Induction Programme conducted by Bro. Aggaphala Yap.  The six-session course aims to introduce Buddhist values, culture and etiquette to its participants.  It also aims to provide essential knowledge on how to live in accordance with Dhamma.

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2 December 2015

Participants sit for Buddhist Examination

On Saturday, 21 November, BPS303 – Certificate in Buddhist Studies participants sat for the written examination which was held concurrently at Nalanda Centre and Kota Bharu Mettarama Centre in Kelantan. It was the last hurdle for the participants who had been diligently attending lectures and completing their personal and group assignments since the course started in early July.

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