On Sunday 15 March, we were honoured to host Venerable Ajahn Sumedho and 3 accompanying monks for Dāna (alms-food offering) followed by Dhamma teaching at Nalanda Centre, Sri Serdang. A large crowd had gathered at Nalanda Centre for the opportunity to see Ajahn Sumedho, and to listen to his Dhamma teachings.
In his talk, Ajahn Sumedho touched on the Buddha’s first sermon – the ‘Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta’ – and elaborated on the ‘Four Noble Truths’. ‘Dukkha’ (suffering) is to be properly recognised and fully understood, instead of merely reacted to. To understand ‘Dukkha’, one should examine it in one’s mind (citta) and turn one’s attention from the outward to inward for deep introspection.
Ajahn Sumedho also shared his personal experiences and how he overcame hardships with the aid of Dhamma. Ajahn mentioned that the Dhamma is with us all the time; but if we operate from ‘avijja’ (ignorance), we get affected by the three roots of evil – ‘Lobha’ (greed), ‘Dosa’ (aversion) and ‘Moha’ (delusion).
Ajahn Sumedho concluded by reminding all of us that human beings have the capacity to reflect and change; and we are not merely helpless victims of conditioning. We thank Ajahn for delivering a pivotal and inspiring teaching for us at Nalanda! Sadhu, Bhante.