“Truly inspiring!” That was the most oft-repeated comment by many participants at the Dhamma-Living Camp. After 4 days of joyous communal living, the 120 participants returned from Genting Highlands with renewed source of energy and a heightened sense of urgency to ‘live in accordance to Dhamma’.
Bhavana Day was concluded with an atmosphere of peace and joy on 28 July. 45 participants attended the 3-day meditation retreat held at Nalanda Centre. The yogis were inspired by Ayya Susila’s simple yet profound Dhamma teachings, as well as her clear and meticulous meditation instructions.Read more
The 7-week Nalanda Gimhana Period came to a joyful conclusion on 22 July – the Asalha Full-moon ‘Dhamma Day’. This year’s Gimhana Retreat began on 8 June also on an Uposatha Day. Throughout these weeks, there were Dhamma teachings on Sundays and meditation sessions on Wednesdays. Besides, devotees were encouraged to practise daily morning and evening chanting at home, meditate, perform wise reflections, and do good altruistically everyday!Read more
Bro. Tan started by quoting a Sutta from the Anguttara Nikaya (AN 4.101), where the Buddha gave a discourse on the four kinds of clouds, comparable to four kinds of persons :-
• The cloud that thunders, but does not rain; someone who is a talker, but not a doer.
• The cloud that rains, but does not thunder; someone who is a doer, but not a talker.
• The cloud that neither thunders nor rains; someone who is neither a talker nor a doer.
• The cloud that both thunders and rains; someone who is both a talker and a doer.
It was the second group meditation of the Gimhana Retreat on Wednesday, 19 June. Following the 45-minute quiet sitting, Bro. Tan quoted Sutta 4.110 from the Anguttara Nikaya on the four kinds of vipers (poisonous snakes), which are comparable to four kinds of persons:
On Wednesday, 12 June, devotees once again filled the Shrine Hall at Nalanda Centre for the first group meditation of Gimhana Retreat. Bro. Tan guided everyone in loving-kindness meditation, followed by a quiet sitting as we observed our breath mindfully. Despite the day’s hustle and bustle, most meditators experienced a sense of peace after the 45 minute session.
In his talk, Bro. Tan shared that there are three things that we need to do every day as Dhamma practitioners. They are:
Everyone was all-ears as Bro. Tan shared the interesting and insightful story about the snake.
As it was shedding its skin, this 12-feet long King Cobra snake was very distressed and undergoing a big change. Half-blind, mad with discomfort, and in the heat of the high noon sun, it crossed the hot tar road not once or twice, but three times. This was the sight that Bro. Tan came across one day on the road. Read more