2 December 2014

Lumbini – the birthplace of Siddhattha Gotama

Lumbini Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Nepal, just 26km from the border with India.  It is an important pilgrimage destination for Buddhists along with Bodhgaya, Sarnath, and Kusinara, because Prince Siddhattha Gotama (who later became Sakyamuni Buddha) was born there in 623 BCE.

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17 November 2014

Nālandā – the World’s first University

The ruins of the majestic ‘Nālandā Māha Vihāra’ stands proudly in the State of Bihar, India.  Even in its present derelict condition, the large foundations and thick walls of its structures still inspire awe in the thousands of people who visit it annually.

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29 September 2014

First anniversary tribute to Acharya S. N. Goenka

Today marks the first anniversary of renowned meditation teacher, Acharya Satya Narayan Goenka’s passing on 29 September 2013.  Nalanda Buddhist Society would like to pay tribute to a prodigious teacher who had created the conditions for millions of practitioners to experience the technique and bliss of ‘Vipassana Meditation’ first taught by the Buddha 2,600 years ago!

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25 September 2014

Historical account of Pre-Buddhist India

Nalanda Institute’s BPS402 Higher Certificate Course participants have recently advanced into Module 2 of the programme covering the “Historical Development of Buddhism”.  On Saturday 6 September, Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama conducted Lecture 6 on the subject of “Pre-Buddhist Indian Religious Thoughts”.

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2 September 2014

Nālandā University revived after 800 years

817 years after its appalling destruction in 1197 CE, the ancient university of ‘Nālandā’ has been revived when classes started yesterday in Rajgir, Bihar State, India.  The latest incarnation of ‘Nālandā University’ opened with a low-key ceremony.  With only 15 students and a few faculty members, it has a lot more growth to achieve to even come close to its heydays 1,300 years ago, where an estimated 10,000 students and 2,000 teachers came from every corner of Asia to acquire knowledge and wisdom at the world’s premier university! Read more

14 April 2014

123rd Birth Anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

Today marks the 123rd birth anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar – the great Indian Statesman, Social Reformist and Buddhist leader.  Nalanda Buddhist Society Malaysia pays tribute to the late Dr. Ambedkar for his seminal work to improve the lives of downtrodden millions in India, and in reintroducing and propagating Buddhism in its country of origin.  Anumodantu.

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7 November 2013

Ven. Sanghasena visits Nalanda Centre

On Wednesday 6 November, the most Venerable Sanghasena Mahathero from Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC) in Ladakh, India, visited Nalanda Centre together with 4 staff members.  The party was earlier received at Nalanda House, where Ven. Sanghasena had a meeting with Ven. Aggacitta Mahathero (Abbot of Sasanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary in Taiping) and Sayadaw U Kevala of Myanmar.

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14 October 2013

A Tribute to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar (1891 – 1956)

Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was born in 1891 into the ‘untouchables’, a segment of India’s population that was hitherto deprived, degraded, and often mistreated by the other castes.  Yet despite his early deprivation, Dr. Ambedkar later rose in stature and prominence through hard work and fortitude to become the first Law Minister of independent India.  He is also popularly regarded as the ‘principal architect of the Indian Constitution’ – a social contract that granted liberties, justice, and respectability to India’s dejected millions.

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