Sri Lanka

27 July 2018

Obituary – Ven. Dr. Madewela Punnaji

It is with deep respect and a heavy heart that we announce the passing away of Venerable Dr. Madewela Punnaji Māha Thero (born 26 November 1929) in Sri Lanka earlier today, 27 July 2018.  Ven. Punnaji was a resident monk for more than a decade at the Buddhist Māha Vihāra in Kuala Lumpur.  After the passing of the late abbot Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda, Ven. Punnaji assumed many of the teaching duties there, where he established a following of students keen to learn Pāli suttantā.

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14 April 2018

New Year Greetings from Nalanda

This weekend marks the New Year celebrations for our friends in many parts of Asia – across much of India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh, and many Malaysians of Indian origin, too.  Nalanda wishes all venerable monks, our teachers and friends joyous New Year celebrations!  May this coming year bring peace and well-being to people around the world.  Sotthi.

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17 March 2018

Obituary – Ven. Dr. T. Sangharatana

It is with deep respect and a heavy heart that we announce the passing away of Venerable T. Sangharatana Nāyaka Thero earlier today, 17 March 2018.  He was well regarded for his social service in Bangalore, India, as the founding member of the Maha Mahinda Dhammaduta Propagating Society, which serves the socio-welfare needs of the lower strata of Indian people.

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4 February 2018

Obituary – Ven. Professor Bellanwila Wimalaratana

It is with deep respect and a heavy heart that we announce the passing away of Venerable Professor Bellanwila Sri Wimalaratana Nayaka Thero on 3 February 2018, aged 77.  Ven. Wimalaratana died of injuries sustained in a fall at Bellanwila Raja Mahavihara, where he was the deputy abbot.

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25 January 2018

Nalanda to host Ven. Seelananda

Nalanda Centre is honoured to host Venerable T. Seelananda Mahathera on his upcoming visit to Malaysia from 27 to 31 January.  Born in Sri Lanka, Ven. T. Seelananda is currently the deputy abbot of Bhāvanā Society in West Virginia, USA.  He is also the co-founder of Samatha-Vipassana Meditation Centre in Edmonton, Canada.

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29 June 2017

Sangha members visit Nalanda

On Saturday 13 May, Nalanda Centre was blessed by the visit of 20 monks and 2 nuns from Sri Lanka.  The monastic congregation had come to Malaysia to serve the local community on the occasion of Wesak, when many Buddhist centres requested Sangha members to conduct religious activities.

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26 June 2017

“Sri Lanka Relief Fund” handed to Theravāda Council

Nalanda Buddhist Society members and devotees were very concerned about the recent floods which devastated parts of Sri Lanka, and caused severe damages with hundreds of casualties.  A public donation drive was immediately launched by several Buddhist organisations to raise money for flood relief and reconstruction work; Nalanda’s donation campaign lasted from 30 May to 16 June.

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12 June 2017

“Sri Lanka Relief Fund” closing Friday

The devastating floods which hit Sri Lanka recently caused hundreds of deaths and resulted in widespread damages to infrastructure, homes, and temples.  Nalanda had set up a fund to help with relief and recovery work in Sri Lanka.  We are grateful to the public who donated generously to help affected communities there to recover from this critical disaster.

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30 May 2017

Sri Lanka inundated by monsoon flood

Report by Samantha Beech & Spencer Feingold.

CNN reported on 29 May that at least 151 people have been killed and 111 are missing (please read the latest updates at the bottom of this article) due to floodings from monsoon rains across southwestern portions of Sri Lanka, according to the country’s Ministry of Disaster Management.  The severe weather has also displaced nearly half a million people, and triggered landslides throughout the country.

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13 April 2017

Happy New Year

This week marks the new year celebrations for many ethnic groups in South and Southeast Asia – among them the Thais, Myanmar, Sinhalese, Cambodians, Laotians, Tamils, Bengalis, and Sikhs.  Nalanda members would like to wish all our friends a delightful celebration of their festivities with family and friends.  May the year bring blessings, vigour, and wisdom to everyone.  Sukhihontu!

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