Pañña naranam ratanam – Wisdom is man’s most precious gem.
The goal of Buddhist cultivation is the attainment of wisdom to realise truth. The Buddha spent 45 years educating and guiding the monastic and lay communities so that people can ‘see the truth’ for themselves. The Buddha called this ‘anusāsani patihariya’ – the “miracle of education” – and, the only miracle which He approved. (Dīgha Nikāya Sutta no.11, ‘Kevatta Sutta’.)
Nalanda Buddhist Society is currently planning for an integrated educational and training centre for the Buddhist communities in Malaysia and Singapore. The spacious 26-acre ‘Wisdom Park’ will be equiped with facilities for various training programmes aimed at transmitting knowledge, skills, values and culture. It will also have residential facilities for full-time Dhamma practitioners and long-term volunteers. The park is located in Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor, 60km north of Kuala Lumpur.
Objective of ‘Wisdom Park’
Developing competent Dhamma teachers to educate children, youth and adult communities is essential for the growth of Buddhism in the long-run. This effort must be supplemented by the training of dynamic leaders to lead and manage Buddhist organisations effectively. Thus, the objective of ‘Wisdom Park’ is to make available facilities and programmes to :
- Educate and train lay Dhamma teachers for the Buddhist community;
- Develop future Buddhist community leaders; and
- Introduce Buddhist values, culture and practices to the public.
The proposed ‘Wisdom Park’ integrated educational facility is strategicaly located in Kuala Kubu Bharu district, about 60km or less than an hour northwards from Kuala Lumpur by road or rail. It is nearly the same distance from Alor Setar, Johor Bahru, and Kota Bharu.
‘Wisdom Park’ is easily accessible from Penang, Ipoh, and Singapore via the North-South Expressway, or by the intercity and commuter train services.