3 January 2017

Offering dāna to Ayya Santinī

On 19 October 2016, Nalanda Centre was honoured to welcome Venerable Ayya Santinī, the Abbess of Vihāra Sanghamittā  from Indonesia, for a three-day visit.  During Ayya’s short stay, devotees had the opportunity to offer her breakfast and lunch dāna.

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22 December 2016

Teaching on meditation by Ayya Santinī

Report by Chan Jia Xin

In October 2016, Nalanda Centre was honoured to host a visit by Venerable Ayya Santinī, a senior Theravada bhikkhuni from Indonesia.  Nalandians grabbed the opportunity to invite Ayya Santinī for a Dhamma talk after our weekly Wednesday meditation session.

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22 November 2016

Buddhists pray for peace in Indonesia

Jakarta Post reported that around 15,000 followers of all Buddhist sects participated in a joint prayer ceremony in Medan, North Sumatra, on Saturday 19 November.  Dozens of Buddhist monks, members of the House of Representatives and local officials also participated in the event, which aims to invoke blessings for peace in Indonesia.

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19 October 2016

Nalanda hosts Ayya Santinī today

Nalanda Centre is honoured to host Venerable Bhikkhunī Santinī Therī today for a short visit.  Ayya Santinī is a well-regarded meditation teacher and renowned Dhamma speaker from Indonesia.  She is the Abbess of Wisma Kusalayani, a bhikkhuni-training centre near Lembang in West Java.

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17 August 2016

Indonesia’s 71st Independence Day

Today, we felicitate our Indonesian friends and their fellow countrymen on their nation’s 71st Independence Day.  The diverse peoples of Indonesia and Malaysia share a two-thousand year history of trade, transmigration, cultural exchanges, and political unions.  Vast regions of both countries were once part of the mighty Buddhist Empire of Srivijaya (7th to 13th centuries CE.), which left rich archaeological artefacts in Sumatra, Java, and the Malay Peninsula.

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13 June 2016

Developing Mindfulness and Virtue

On 1 June, we were blessed to have Venerable U Vijaya from Indonesia to lead the weekly meditation at Nalanda Centre, Sri Serdang.  Ven. Vijaya explained that if we had faith in the Buddha, then we must be ready to walk the path He taught, and practise the Dhamma well.  We must strengthen our Viriya (Right Effort) and keep our Sīla (virtue) strong.

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9 March 2016

Dhamma talk in Karawang, Indonesia

On Sunday 14 February, Bro. Tan gave a Dhamma talk at Vihāra Sanghamitta in Karawang, about 70km east of Jakarta.  He was there as a guest speaker at the invitation of its Abbess, Venerable Bhikkhunī Ayya Santinī.  The talk was attended by 200 devotees, and was held in honour of Venerable Ayya Sīlavatī’s 63rd birthday.

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18 August 2015

Condolences to Aircrash victims’ families

On Sunday 16 August, a tragic air-crash took place in Papua Province, Indonesia.  The Trigana Air service was on a routine domestic flight from Jayapura to Oksibil but flew into bad weather.  The crash killed all 54 passengers and crew on board. Nalanda members offer our deepest condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones.  We empathize with your loss and grief.  We also pray that the casualties of this tragedy rest in Peace.  ‘Santi’.

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17 August 2015

Indonesia’s 70th Independence Day

Today marks the Republic of Indonesia’s 70th Anniversary of Independence.  The vast country founded in 1945 at the end of World War II has come a long way since.  Indonesia today has succeeded in many aspects of nation-building, mainly due to its unifying philosophy of inclusiveness of all her people – the principle of ‘Bhinneka Tunggal Ika’ (unity in diversity).  This philosophy of inclusiveness, fairness and parity between races has forged a shared identity amongst Indonesians, defined by a national language, ethnic harmony, religious pluralism and tolerance.

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5 July 2015

Ven. Alokavamsa at Nalanda Centre

Nalanda Centre was honoured to host Indonesian venerable Bhikkhu U Alokavamsa for a short stay from 13 to 15 June.  Ven. Alokavamsa is a practitioner at Pa-Auk Meditation Centre in Myanmar, and transited for two nights at Nalanda Centre providing the privilege for Nalandians to offer dāna to venerable.  We wish venerable the best of health and much spiritual progress.  We also thank all devotees for your kindness and hospitality to Ven. Alokavamsa.  Sadhu anumodana.

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