On Saturday 28 December, a group of Nalandians participated in “24-hour Metta – Illuminating the World with Metta” event at Samadhi Vihara, Shah Alam to radiate loving kindness for world peace, stability and harmony. The Nalandian team was led by Deputy President, Bro Lee Teck Beng.
Uposatha Days are occasions for Buddhist monks, nuns, and laity to congregate and immerse ourselves in the Dhamma. There are four Uposatha Days in a month – on the New-moon (1st day), 8th day, Full-moon (15th day), and 23rd day of the lunar calendar.
On Saturday, 24 November 2012, Buddhists from all over Malaysia gathered at BMSM Samadhi Vihara, Shah Alam to chant and radiate metta (loving-kindness) for world peace, stability and harmony. Organised by Aloka Foundation and Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia (BMSM), this round-the-clock metta event was highlighted with a special “Illuminating the World with Metta” Lights Offering ceremony, symbolically illuminating the world with loving-kindness.
The Pāli term ‘Sangāyana’ can be translated as rehearsal or communal chanting. The purpose of a Sangāyana is to accurately preserve the original teachings of the Buddha. The reciters’ duty is to rehearse, examine, and review the Canon so that no parts of which are added, omitted or altered, and any such deviations were to be rectified. Throughout history, there had been six such formal occasions where the entire Pāli Canon was rehearsed and authenticated.
In November 2010, the Buddhist Community Alliance (BCA) Pāli Chanting Sub-committee was formed by representatives of all BCA member organizations to prepare a uniformed Pāli chanting script. The BCA felt the need to have a standard Pāli chanting book for its members, as most Theravadin Buddhist organizations in Malaysia chant differently from one another. The content of the BCA chanting script was edited by Bro. Tan Ho Soon and finalised in October 2011.