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31 May 2014

Welcome to Service Sunday at Nalanda Centre

It is truly inspiring to learn and practise Dhamma with like-minded friends in a supportive and friendly community.  We welcome everyone to join us tomorrow (1 June) at Nalanda Centre Sri Serdang for the first Service Sunday of the Gimhāna Period.  There will be meditation, chanting, and Dhamma teaching by Bro. H S Tan.  Vegetarian lunch will be served to all devotees after the Service.  See you at Nalanda. Sukhihontu!

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30 May 2014

First Gimhāna Retreat meditation session

On Wednesday 28 May, devotees congregated at Nalanda Centre Sri Serdang to participate in the first meditation session of the 7-week Gimhāna Retreat.  After meditation, Nalanda Founder Bro. Tan was invited to give a Dhamma talk.

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29 May 2014

Uposatha Pūja & Dhamma Talk today

Today is the new-moon day for the month of Jeṭṭha, and the first Uposatha Observance day during our annual ‘Gimhāna Period’.  We welcome everyone to join us at Nalanda Centre tonight for an evening of meditation, pūja, chanting, and Dhamma teaching by Bro Tan.  The programme tonight starts at 8.00pm.  Come experience the joy of learning and practising in the company of like-minded spiritual friends.  All are welcome!

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28 May 2014

Gimhāna Retreat begins today

Every year between the Full-moon days of May and July, Nalanda organises a 7-week period of Dhamma immersion where devotees can gather for meditation, chanting, Dhamma discussions, and communal service.  This 7-week programme is called the ‘Gimhāna Retreat’ at Nalanda. This year it begins on 28 May and ends on 16 July.

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24 July 2013

Joyful Conclusion to 2013 Gimhana Retreat

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!

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17 July 2013

Viewing through the lens of Dhamma

The following is a summary of Bro. Tan’s teaching on 3 July 2013, the fourth group meditation session of the Gimhana Retreat.

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2 July 2013

Five Daily Reflections

The following is a summary of Bro. Benny Liow’s Dhamma talk during the Gimhana Service Sunday on 30 June.

On 30 June, Bro. Benny Liow, Editor of YBAM’s Buddhist journal – the “Eastern Horizon”, gave a Dhamma talk on the “Five Daily Reflections”.  Bro. Benny quoted from the Upajjhatthana Sutta (AN 5.57) on the five facts of life that should often be reflected upon.

  • I am subject to aging.
  • I am subject to illness.
  • I am subject to death.
  • I will grow different, separate from all that is dear and appealing to me.
  • I am the owner of my actions. Whatever I do, for good or for evil, to that will I fall heir.

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29 June 2013

“A Good Practitioner & A Good Friend”

The following is a summary of Bro. Tan’s teaching on 26 June, the third group meditation in conjunction with the Gimhana Retreat held at Nalanda Centre.

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.

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26 June 2013

Happiness & Daily Aspiration

The following is a summary of Bro. Tan’s teaching on 23 June during the third Gimhana Service Sunday.

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24 June 2013

Four kinds of Vipers & Four kinds of Persons

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:

  • A person who is quick to become angry, but the anger does not last long;
  • A person who is not quick to become angry, but the anger lasts long;
  • A person who is quick to become angry, and the anger lasts long; and
  • A person who is not quick to become angry, and the anger does not last long.

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