Pertaining to the annual Nalandian Gimhana Retreat. Any report, news or notice concerning this programme should be tagged.
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
Nalanda organizes 3 special retreats annually – the ‘Hemanta’ in January, ‘Gimhana’ in June-July, and ‘Vassana’ in October-November. Each of these 3 retreats focuses on different aspects of personal, communal and spiritual growth.Read more
The following is a summary of Bro. Tan’s teaching on Gimhana Sunday, 3 June 2012
Attadīpa vihāratha attapatisarana
Dhammadīpa vihāratha dhammapatisarana
“Dwell with oneself as an island, be your own refuge,
with no external refuge.
“Dwell with the Dhamma as an island, Dhamma as your refuge;
have no other refuge.”
Mahaparinibbāna Sutta (DN 16)
Well-guided by the Dhamma, we carry its light within us into every moment, any situation – we are upright, serene and compassionately wise. This is what it means to be a Noble One (Ariya). As Buddhists, this is our mission. In order to evolve spiritually, we must follow through our vision with right action. Every day, wherever we are, whatever we are doing, we continuously practise non-grasping, radiate loving-kindness and accomplish wholesome deeds. In every scenario, we can conscientiously choose happiness (sukha) over suffering (dukkha). Rather than “I Can’t!”, choose to believe “I Can!” and practise “I Will!” instead. In this way, we gradually transform to be better, calmer and free. Read more