Dhamma Teaching

17 October 2019

Spiritual cultivation at Eight Precept Programme

On 13 October, the full-moon Uposatha day of Assayuja, over 120 participants devoted their day to Dhamma learning and contemplation in the Eight Precepts Programme at Nalanda Centre.  Led by Nalanda founder Bro. Tan, the eight-preceptees learned in greater detail the purpose and practice of this noble observance.

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5 October 2019

1st anniversary of K. Sri Dhammananda Centre

Tomorrow (6 October) marks the first anniversary of the launching of K. Sri Dhammananda Centre in Sri Serdang.  The past 12 months have seen the Centre fully utilised for Dhamma camps, meditation retreats, and currently, as the premise for the Adult Dhamma School every Sunday.

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19 September 2019

Joyful learning in historic Kedah

On 14 – 16 September, over 120 students from BPS403 Higher Certificate in Buddhist Studies and Dhamma School for Adults embarked on a study tour to Bujang Valley, Kedah.  The entourage was led by Nalanda founder Bro. Tan to develop a better understanding of Kedah’s rich history through its archaeological and historical sites.

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7 September 2019

Discovering Blessings at Dhamma-living Camp

For the past two days, participants of the on-going Dhamma Living Camp for Young Adults have been immersed in Dhamma living to discover the blessings in life.  After arriving yesterday morning, campers have been making new acquaintances and rekindling old friendships.  For deeper discussions and reflection, they gathered in their assigned ‘Dhamma families’ for the duration of the camp.

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8 August 2019

Fruitful observance of Gimhāna Retreat

For seven weeks after the Buddha’s Enlightenment on Wesak full-moon in May, He contemplated on the Dhamma with His perfectly clear faculty of comprehension.  Then, He travelled for seven days from Uruvela to Sarnath where He preached the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta on Asalha Day, the full-moon in July.

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4 August 2019

A meaningful ‘Dhamma Day’

On Wednesday 17 July, devotees gathered at Nalanda Centre to observe ‘Dhamma Day’.  This auspicious occasion fell on the full-moon of the month Asalha; it commemorates the preaching of Buddha’s first discourse after His Enlightenment, when He taught His first five disciples the fundamental teachings of ‘Four Noble Truths’.  The celebrated discourse – ‘Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta’ – reverberated throughout Nalanda Centre as Bro. Tan led devotees in reciting it.

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20 July 2019

Dhamma talk by Venerable Sayadaw Nyanapurnik

On 30 June, Nalandians were honoured to welcome Sayadaw Nyanapurnik, Sanghanayaka of Nepal, back to Nalanda Centre for Dhamma teaching in conjunction with Nalanda Institute’s 12th anniversary.  Sayadaw advised us to use our intellect to discern the wholesome from unwholesome, and purify our mental states.  When we cultivate sīla (morality), we have a strong foundation upon which to develop samādhi (concentration).  Only then can pañña (wisdom) arise to eradicate defilements with Right Effort.  Sayadaw also reinforced the importance of associating with wise teachers and spiritual friends.

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18 July 2019

BPS 403 – Higher Certificate in Buddhist Studies commences

On Saturday 6 July, the first session of Nalanda Institute’s BPS403 – Higher Certificate in Buddhist Studies, commenced with 68 registered students.  Last offered in 2014, the course spans 5 months and will cover six modules including Buddhist scriptures & doctrines, history, humanity & sociology, polity & economics, and Buddhist arts & culture.

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3 July 2019

Mettā Sutta Retreat in Kundasang, Sabah

From 14 to 16 June, 33 participants gathered at Mitraville Meditation Centre in Kundasang, Sabah, for Sutta-Learning Retreat conducted by Nalanda founder Bro Tan.  The participants came from several local Buddhist societies to learn the popular Karanīya Mettā Sutta (Sutta Nipata 1.8) to deepen their understanding of each Pāli verse for spiritual growth.

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7 June 2019

‘Peace Walk’ in Kuala Lumpur

On Sunday 12 May, Nalanda Kuala Lumpur Branch held a ‘Peace Walk’ around Happy Garden to commemorate Buddha Day.  Earlier in the evening, a simple dinner was hosted for the local community with devotees offering food out of generosity.

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