YBAM Vice President visits Nalanda Youth Centre

Bro. Sek Chin Yong (in dark blue shirt) meeting Bro. Tan, Bro. Charlie (left), and Sis. Nandini (right) at Nalanda Centre.

After attending a dialogue session with UPM Buddhist Society at Nalanda Centre on 23 May, Bro. Sek Chin Yong, Vice President of the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM), made a courtesy call at Nalanda Founder Bro. Tan where they had a brief exchange on youth matters.

Bro. Sek Chin Yong also visited the newly-opened Nalanda Youth Centre.  He expressed his satisfaction and happiness in seeing this milestone development in the local Buddhist youth scene.  We would like to quote his thoughts on the Youth Centre, which he penned a few days after his visit.

Bro. Sek Chin Yong was brought on a tour of Nalanda Youth Centre by Bro. Charlie Teng.

“那天我出席某大专的座谈会,座谈会是借用Nalanda佛教会的道场。佛教会道场的负责人在座谈会后,顺道带我去参观其刚落成的“青少年中心”。中心的设计,多数由道场的青少年设计,所以从彩色到装饰,都富有年轻与生气的时代感。道场负责人说,他们希望给青少年一个专属自己的活动空间,所以有图书馆、会议室、讲堂等。他们也把一个毫不起眼的走廊,修改成可以品茶聊天的典雅空间。

“这,却是我们目前许多佛教会所欠缺的“大胆”与“放心”。大胆放手一搏,让青少年拥有自己的活动空间,并且放心让青少年自行进行属于年轻人想要的活动与格调。”

–    Bro. Sek Chin Yong, Vice President, Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia.