On Wednesday 22 June, Nalanda Centre was very honoured to host senior Nepalese prelate Sayadaw Nyanapurnik Nāyaka Thera to deliver a Dhamma talk. Sayadaw Nyanapurnik is also a Pāli scholar and Vipassana teacher who has been actively developing Theravada Buddhism in Nepal over four decades. Sayadawgyi was accompanied to Nalanda Centre by Malaysian bhikkhu Venerable Gavesi and two Nepali sayalays.
In the talk, Sayadaw Nyanapurnik first recited three verses from the Dhammapada connected to the development of mind and mental states. He then spoke about the purpose of ‘Samatha bhāvanā’, the development of mental calmness, and ‘Vipassana bhāvanā’, mental development through insight.
Sayadawgyi explained that it was through the three unwholesome roots of greed, hatred and delusion that other defilements arise to disturb our minds. That is why the Buddha taught that if we want to live peaceful, happy lives, we need to ‘avoid evil, cultivate wholesome qualities, and cleanse our mind’, because mind is indeed the forerunner of all states.
Sayadaw Nyanapurnik further added that it is through our practice, especially of insight meditation, that we can ‘see’ the material and mental aspects of our lives, and understand that all component things whether physical or mental are impermanent (‘Anicca’), unsatisfactory (‘Dukkha’), and non-self (‘Anatta’). This is the path of purification – the way to develop “experienced wisdom”.
We thank Sayadaw Nyanapurnik for his invaluable and profound teaching, especially during Nalanda’s Gimhāna period of intensive learning. Sadhu anumodana.