The joy of camaraderie lingered in the hearts of 80 young participants after the 3-day Nalanda learning camp held from 2 to 4 December at Pure Karma Buddhist Centre, Johor. Participating in the ‘friendship’-themed camp allowed the teenagers aged 13 to 17 the opportunity to learn and practise Dhamma joyfully alongside their kalyāna-mitta.
Throughout the camp, participants discovered the meaning of true friendship. From learning about the qualities of good and bad friends, the teens had a clearer understanding about the importance of associating with the right people. Camp-master Sis. Ann Yap kept emphasizing that wise friendship is essential for spiritual progress.
Besides Dhamma talks, meditation and station games, one memorable highlight of the camp was the cooking competition, where participants had the chance to experience cooking with charcoal – no mean feat for today’s teens!
Smiles coloured the faces of happy participants throughout the wonderful three days, which passed too quickly. The camp concluded joyfully with participants paying respect to their parents with hearts full of reverence and gratitude. It was truly a remarkable start to their school holidays. Many thanks to the organizing committee for such a fruitful camp! Sadhu anumodana.