On Saturday 14 January, a group of 10 members from Buddhist Tzu Chi Merits Society Malaysia paid an official visit to NEO Centre Sungai Petani. They were warmly welcomed by Nalanda branch leaders and members. The visit was an initiative by Tzu Chi Merits Society to forge closer friendship with other Buddhist Societies locally.
During the visit, Tzu Chi representative Bro. Chuan Yeong Ming presented two specially crafted gifts to Nalanda – comprising a ceremonial bell and a drum. Bro. Chuan explained that both are common instruments used to accompany chanting in Mahayana temples. The symbolism of the bell is to wake us up from ignorance; and the drum is to spur us into exerting effort.
Nalanda Sungai Petani Branch Chairman Bro. Khaw and Deputy Chairman Dr. Song gratefully received the gifts on behalf of the Society, and in return presented two Dhamma books and Nalanda Bulletins to the visitors. Our friends from Tzu Chi were later hosted on a building tour and lunch. It was indeed a joyful meeting for everyone which further enhanced the spirit of Buddhist comradeship in Kedah. We thank our respected Tzu Chi friends for their kind visit and acknowledgment. Sadhu!