On Saturday 2 July, Nalanda Centre was honoured by the presence of Luang Por Sophon, the Abbot of Wat Bueng Latthiwan, which is a branch monastery of Wat Nong Pah Pong in the Ajahn Chah Thai forest tradition. As a boon, Luang Por Sophon was accompanied by Luang Por Nusin Santajitto (Abbot of Wat Katthaliwan), Luang Por Siri, Ajahn Thinakorn, Ajahn Pramual, Phra Jirapat and Phra Somchay. The monastic entourage was on a 2-week visit through Malaysia.
The venerable monks were brought on a building tour and were visibly impressed by the serenity of the Centre. Luang Por Sophon remarked that the founders and supporters of Nalanda have created a delightful place for people to learn and practise Dhamma; thus they have gained tremendous merits in doing so.
Luang Por Sophon was also invited to give an impromptu talk to Nalandians, where he spoke about the need to cultivate goodness and virtues, for that is the beginning of a spiritual life leading to realization. Though the talk was brief, it was nevertheless stirring as it came from a true Dhamma practitioner and teacher of great repute.
We were extremely grateful for the presence of such wonderful teachers at Nalanda, and thank them for their guidance and encouragement. We look forward to having them back in Malaysia for more Dhamma lessons. Namo Sanghaya!