Joyful programmes this ‘Buddha Day’

We invite you, your family and friends to join us and experience the serenity and joy of Buddha Day.

This weekend, Buddhists around the world will commemorate the anniversary of Buddha’s Enlightenment 26 centuries ago, and mark the beginning of Buddhist Year (B.E.) 2563.  We invite you, your family and friends to join spiritual and learning programmes at Nalanda Centre, which includes Dhamma teachings, Sutta Study, and the highlight of our celebrations – the annual Heritage Procession and worshipping of Buddha Relic.

The programmes available this weekend are :

Pindacāra in Seri Kembangan
Saturday, 18 May | 8.30 am – 9.30 am 

Offer alms to monks at the Jalan Besar market and Pasar Rakyat in Seri Kembangan.  You are welcome to bring cooked vegetarian food or ripe fruits as offerings to Sangha members.

Paying Homage to Buddha Relic
Saturday & Sunday, 18 May & 19 May | 10.00 am – 6.00 pm

Once a year, the Buddha Relic at Nalanda Centre is brought out from its special chamber for devotees to worship.  We welcome everyone to pay the highest homage to our Great Teacher’s Relic.

Please come in appropriate attire – i.e. white tops covering both shoulders, and long pants or skirts, as this is customary when worshipping the Buddha Relic.  You may also sit near to the Relic pavilion in silent meditation, or reflect on the teachings of the Buddha.

‘Buddha Jayanti’ Exhibition
Saturday & Sunday, 18 May & 19 May | 10.00 am – 6.00 pm

The ‘Buddha Jayanti’ Exhibition is traditionally held in conjunction with ‘Buddha Day’ Observance. Messages of Dhamma to educate the public are presented through paintings by Nalanda Dhamma School facilitators and students in this year’s edition.

Wisdom Park Exhibition
Saturday & Sunday, 18 May & 19 May | 10.00 am – 6.00 pm

The Wisdom Park exhibition enables visitors to gain a deeper understanding of this first-of-its-kind project dedicated to developing future Buddhist teachers and leaders.  The exhibition also showcases site and construction progress to-date.  Officers will be on hand to guide you and provide information about this vital project and its positive impact on the Buddhist community.

‘Buddha Day’ Eve Service
Saturday, 18 May | 8.00 pm – 10.00 pm

The evening programme includes offerings, Dhamma talk by Achariya Tan Siang Chye, Mettā Meditation, ‘Buddha Day’ Eve chanting, and Dedication of Merits.

Pindacāra in Sri Serdang
Sunday, 19 May | 7.00 am – 7.45 am 

You are welcome to offer cooked vegetarian food or ripe fruits to venerable monks on alms-round to mark a great start to ‘Buddha Day’.

 

‘Buddha Day’ Morning Service
Sunday, 19 May | 9.00 am – 11.30 am

Strengthen your faith and learning spirit this ‘Buddha Day’ by participating in the Morning Service with meditation, offerings, chanting, and a Dhamma talk in English by Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama on “Living Compassionately towards Peace and Harmony”.  Bro. Aggaphala Yap will deliver the Mandarin talk on 慈悲共生,心向平, which is this year’s celebration theme.

Sutta Study with Bro. Tan
Sunday, 19 May | 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm

There will be insightful teachings by Bro. Tan on selected passages from the Pāli Canon to broaden and deepen our comprehension of the Buddha’s teachings.  Interested participants should e-mail  institute@nalanda.org.my, or Whatsapp to 016-338 3982, stating just your name and contact number.  Participation is free, and everyone is welcome to register.

Mass Food Offering
Sunday, 19 May | 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm

Every year, devotees prepare food to share and serve the public in the spirit of generosity and with humility.  We rejoice in knowing that many who received food years ago are now offering food to the public in return. If you would like to offer food to the public this ‘Buddha Day’, kindly call Sis. Nandini at 03-89381500 for more information.

‘Buddha Day’ Heritage Procession
Sunday, 19 May | 7.00 pm

The ‘Buddha Day’ Heritage Procession at Nalanda is a unique cultural and spiritual experience that attracts thousands of devotees yearly.  The Buddha’s Sacred Relic will lead the procession, conveyed on a specially made wooden sedan borne by groups of four devotees.  All are welcome to this spiritual and cultural highlight of ‘Buddha Day’.

Breakfast & lunch offering to venerable monks
Sunday, 19 May | 8.00 am & 11.30 am

 

We look forward to welcoming you and your family at Nalanda Centre this weekend to celebrate ‘Buddha Day’ with faith and right understanding.  Namo Buddhaya!