“Better than a hundred years lived unwisely and indolently, is one day spent in earnest, energetic effort.”
Dhammapada Verse 112
Tranquility permeated the Shrine Hall as devotees sat in silent meditation, calming the mind, absorbing the surrounding aura of peace. It was the start of the Gimhana Dhamma Retreat at Nalanda. (Gimhana, in Pali, means “summer” or “hot season”, whereas Vassana is the rainy season in India.)
For seven weeks after the Buddha’s Enlightenment, He contemplated on the Dhamma with His perfectly clear faculty of comprehension. Then, He travelled for seven days from Bodhgaya to Sarnath, where He preached the First Sermon (Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta) to the Five Ascetics in Deer Park on Asalha Day, two full moons after His Enlightenment. So it is for seven weeks after Wesak Day that Nalandians are coming together to “mengenali diri” – know ourselves – and “mendalami Dharma”, deepen our understanding of the Dhamma, with the retreat culminating on Asalha full-moon day (3 July). Read more
Dr. Loy began his sharing by saying that the Buddha was a great social revolutionary who advocated egalitarianism during His time in India. Regardless of caste or social status, once ordained and entered the Sangha community, one shed his/her identity and strives only for enlightenment from cycles of birth and death. To the people of India at that time, it was such a revolutionary movement and a great social awakening.
Pustaka Nalanda’s objective is to make available quality reading materials to promote the learning, study, practice and understanding of Buddha’s teachings.
A dialogue session with Venerable Man Ya marked the first Service Sunday for 2012. Four representatives from different age groups, namely retirees, working adults, parents and children, discussed the topic “Promoting Social Harmony in Our Daily Lives“.