Indonesia

30 September 2018

Pray for the people of Palu

An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale and a series of powerful aftershocks that followed devastated the city of Palu in Central Sulawesi on Friday 28 September, killing more than 400 people and causing widespread damages.  The severe quake also caused a tsunami which resulted in further casualties in the area.

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8 August 2018

Prayers for the people of Lombok

On Sunday 5 August, a very strong earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale wreaked havoc on the Indonesian island of Lombok, near Bali.  The death toll from the earthquake has risen past 347.  Another 1,447 people were injured and 165,003 displaced.

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6 November 2017

Amazing study tour to Borobudur

In late August, Nalanda founder Bro. Tan led a study tour to Borobudur, Yogjakarta and Solo; the trip was jointly organised by Buddhist Fellowship Singapore and Nalanda Institute Malaysia.  With Bro. Tan’s informative and skilful explanations, participants were as though transported back in time to over a thousand years ago to vividly visualize Javanese and Buddhist arts and culture.

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8 September 2017

Dhammaduta tour to Jakarta

In mid-July, Bro. Tan embarked on another Dhammaduta tour to Jakarta at the invitation of Buddhist Fellowship Indonesia (BFI).  The highlight of the tour was a public forum on 15 July where Bro. Tan gave an elaborate exposition on living a successful and fulfilling life according to Dhamma.  The audience paid rapt attention to the 2-hour talk covering the Six Well-beings.

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17 August 2017

72nd anniversary of Indonesian independence

Today, the Republic of Indonesia celebrates its 72nd Independence Day.  The diverse peoples of Indonesia and Malaysia share a two-thousand year history of trade, cultural exchanges, and political unions.  Both our countries were once part of the mighty Srivijaya Buddhist Empire from the 7th to 13th centuries CE.

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10 July 2017

Dhamma teachings in Jakarta

Great news for Buddhists and Malaysian friends in Jakarta!  Nalanda founder Bro. Tan will be traveling there this week for Dhamma talks from 14 to 16 July, at the invitation of Buddhist Fellowship Indonesia (BFI).

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3 July 2017

Barack Obama: preserve Borobudur

Reported by the Jakarta Post, 30 June 2017.

During his visit to the iconic Borobudur Stupa in Central Java last Wednesday, former President of the United States Barack Obama said the monument brought back fond memories of his childhood.

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28 May 2017

Visit by friends from Beji, Indonesia

Over the weekend of 8 and 9 April, Nalanda Centre hosted a visit by our friends from Pa-Auk Tawya Vipassanā Dhura Hermitage (PATVDH) in Beji, Java.  The group of ten was led by Bro. Phang Hok Lij on their first-ever visit to Serdang.  Upon arrival, the visitors were warmly received by Nalandians, and brought on a tour of the Centre.

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23 May 2017

Bro. Tan’s visit to Batam, Indonesia

Bro. Tan was recently invited by devotees to the island of Batam in Riau Province, Indonesia, from 25 to 27 March.  The purpose of the visit was to share his experience with local teachers on ways to improve the management of vihāras and Dhamma schools.

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8 February 2017

Dhamma talk by Ven. Ñanukkamsa

At the weekly Wednesday meditation on 21 December, Nalandians lent ear to an enlightening Dhamma talk by Ven. Ñanukkamsa on the purpose of becoming a Buddhist.  In the Mahā Sāropama Sutta, the Buddha expounded that the purpose of holy life does not have gain or fame or even the accomplishments of virtue, concentration, or knowledge as its end goal.  Instead, its ultimate goal is to attain the unshakeable liberation of the mind.

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