Visit by Ven. Dr. S. Pemarathana

Nalandian officers with Ven. Pemarathana in the Dhamma Teaching Hall at Nalanda Centre.

On Friday 23 June, Nalanda Centre was honoured to receive Venerable Dr. S. Pemarathana, the abbot of Pittsburgh Buddhist Center in the U.S.A.  It was the venerable’s first visit to Sri Serdang, and he was warmly and respectfully welcomed by Nalanda officers and members.

Upon arrival, Ven. Pemarathana was accorded a traditional Nalandian welcome by senior officers.

Ven. Pemarathana was brought on a tour of the Centre by host Bro. Vincent Lee.  He was very impressed and happy to see the progress of Nalanda and its focus on holistic education and cultivation, remarking that he had always looked forward to witness a centre dedicated to Dhamma education.

Nalandians paying respect and having a chat with the venerable.

Ven. Pemarathana is very interested in Buddhist education, and took to visiting both Nalanda Library and the Youth Library.

Ven. Pemarathana later held a meeting with Nalanda founder Bro Tan.  The venerable mentioned that he would bring back some of the ideas he got from Nalanda and implement them in Pittsburgh Buddhist Center.  We would like to thank Ven. Pemarathana for his kind visit and encouragement for our educational mission.  We hope to receive the venerable back to Serdang on his next visit to Malaysia.  Sādhu!

Having a joyful meeting and discussion with Nalanda founder, Bro Tan.

Young Nalandians on hand to welcome Ven. Pemarathana at the Youth Centre.