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.
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.
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!
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.