Undergraduates attend meditation retreat

The retreat participants together with their instructors.

The retreat participants together with their instructors Ven. Ji-Chi and Ven. Chi-Xiang.

On Sunday 9 October, thirty undergraduates from Universiti Putra Malaysia attended a one-day meditation retreat at Nalanda Centre organized by the university’s Buddhist Society.  The retreat held from 10am to 10pm was led by Venerable Bhikshuni Ji-Chi and Venerable Bhikshuni Chi-Xiang.

Participants got to experience different postures of meditation, including sitting, standing, walking, and lying down.  Throughout the day, everyone tried to maintain unbroken mindfulness and mental calmness.  Even though it was just a short retreat, the joy derived from the day-long exercise was palpable.

Participants got to experience different postures during the one-day retreat.

Participants got to experience different postures during the one-day retreat.

At the end of the retreat, Bro. Tan gave some advice and encouragement to the students to continue with their practice, saying that it is their great fortune to come in contact with meditation at a young age.  A representative of the UPM Buddhist Society then presented a momento to Nalanda Centre for hosting the retreat.  Sadhu anumodana.

Bro. Tan encouraged the students to continue with their practice.

At the end of the retreat, Bro. Tan gave further encouragement to the students to continue with their practice.

Nalandians took the opportunity to offer lunch to the venerables.

Nalandians took the opportunity to offer lunch to the venerable bhikshunis.