Year-long goodness worth celebrating

It was the last Members’ Day of the year on 4 December 2016.

It was the last Members’ Day of the year and Nalandians were in a grateful and celebratory mood.

On Sunday 4 December, Nalanda members gathered in celebratory spirits for the final Members’ Day of 2016.  Founder Bro. Tan graced the big family gathering, commenting that 2016 has indeed been an amazing and successful year for Nalanda.  This success is also found in the intangible spiritual advancement of individual Nalandians.

Bro. Tan reminded members that “there is no such thing as a bad year, but only missed opportunities to learn.” Whatever tragedy or challenge we face, if we learn from it, can become a good thing.  Going into the New Year, we should strive to see improvements within ourselves, and enable as well as encourage those around us to grow, seeing the goodness in everyone.

Bro. Tan urging Nalandians to continue their spirited learning and self-cultivation.

Bro. Tan urging Nalandians to continue their spirited learning and self-cultivation.

Nalandians watching a video reviewing the activities throughout 2016.

Appreciative Nalandians watching a video reviewing the activities throughout 2016.

The assembly also marked the first ‘Super Family Gathering’ of all six Dhamma Families since their formation in August.  The members of each family came together to perform songs and ‘pantun’ (Malay poetry) recitation as part of the celebration.  After that, family members shared heartening personal anecdotes about their journey and experiences in being part of their Dhamma Families.  It was indeed uplifting to see how members have benefitted from the ‘Dhamma Family’ programme.

 Bro. Ng sharing his reflections for the year.

Chairman of Nalanda Kuala Lumpur Branch Bro. Ng sharing his reflections for the year.

Sis. Nandini and Bro. Tong sharing with other members.

Leaders of ‘Dhammarama Family’ Sis. Nandini and Bro. Tong sharing with other members.

Amidst the celebration and merriment was also the acknowledgement of exemplary Nalandians who have dedicated their hearts and minds in providing selfless service to the Buddhist community.  With so many reasons to rejoice, it was truly a joyful and inspiring celebration of 2016!

Sis. Amery was among ten members recognised as Exemplary Nalandians.

Sis. Amery was among ten members recognised as Exemplary Nalandians. Sadhu!

Another Exemplary Nalandian, Bro. Stan Lee, receiving a present from Bro Tan.

Another Exemplary Nalandian, Bro. Stan Lee, receiving a present from Bro Tan.

 

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all benefactors, supporters and volunteers for your support this year.  We look forward to another year of growth and progress with high spirits and Sāmaggī.  May all beings be well and happy.

Members of ‘Dhammajothi Family’ trying their hand on poetry recital of the Ten Paramis.

Members of ‘Dhammajothi Family’ trying their hand on poetry recital of the Ten Paramis.

‘Dhammapiti Family’ members entertaining everyone with a spirited song.

‘Dhammanandi Family’ members entertaining everyone with a spirited song.