16 December 2011

17 & 18 December 2011 - Ajahn Chah Remembrance Day (ACRD)

Welcome to an opportunity for goodness & reflection at a 2-day event.
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Every year during the week leading up to the anniversary of Ajahn Chah's death on 16 January, there is a great gathering at his monastery, Wat Nong Pah Pong, in north-east Thailand when many of his disciples come together for six days of Dhamma practice.

In Malaysia, the AJAHN CHAH REMEMBRANCE DAY is a special day devoted to the legacy of Dhamma talks, students, and monasteries left behind by Ajahn Chah.

The first AJAHN CHAH REMEMBERANCE DAY in Malaysia was held on 16 January, 2010, in Kuala Lumpur, followed by a second one held on 22 January, 2011 at Uttama Bodhi Vihara, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya.

This year’s event, the third one in Malaysia, is especially significant as it marks the 20th anniversary of this great monk’s passing.

The two-day event on the 17th & 18th of December 2011, will be held at SJK (C) Yuk Chai (Taman Megah) school hall (click on the map below).

1. Dhamma Talks, Paritta Chanting & Meditation
At least 21 forest monks of the Thai Forest Tradition in the lineage of Venerable Ajahn Chah, from Australia, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Thailand will be in attendance at the ACRD. Dhamma talks will be offered by Luang Por Viradhammo (Canada), Luang Por Sucitto (UK), Tan Ajahn Nyanadhammo (Thailand), Tan Ajahn Kalyano (Australia), Tan Ajahn Dhammasiha (Australia), and Tan Ajahn Siripanyo (Thailand).

There will also be paritta chantings for blessings and guided meditation sessions.

2. Pindapata – In the school compound and starts at 9.00am sharp
The tradition of the Forest Monks going on alms round, "Pindapata" in Pali, will be part of the program on both days of the ACRD. Cooked rice will be offered to the Sangha at 9.00am sharp at SJK (C) Yuk Chai (Taman Megah). All are encouraged to be early at the venue to collect your plates of rice from the designated counters.  Upon completion of the offering, plates are to be returned to the designated counters in order to be reused for your meals.

You are also encouraged and welcome to bring your own plate of cooked rice to offer at the pindapata, or bring your own plates / containers for the rice and your meals.

3. Delivery of food for Dana - from 7.00am to 8.30am
Devotees are encouraged to participate in the dana (meal-offering) by offering cooked food (vegetarian or non-vegetarian), cut fruits, desserts, etc. as offering of meal to the Sangha.

The following advice is to be noted:
- Dana food is to be delivered to the "Food Receiving" counters at the venue between 7.30am to 8.30am on both days.
- Personal containers are to be labeled with your names and to be collected from the designated counters AFTER completion of dana.

4. Free shuttle bus service is provided at Nalanda Buddhist Society
The schedule is as follows:
Nalanda to Yuk Chai: depart from Nalanda at 7am on 17 & 18 December (both days).
Yuk Chai to Nalanda: depart from Yuk Chai to Nalanda at 9pm on 17 December (Saturday) and 5pm on 18 December (Sunday).

For shuttle service, please register with:
Sis. Hui Shien (Mobile: 012-954 8649, Email: hssee@nalanda.org.my) or
Sis. Sook Fen (Mobile: 012-221 9622, Email: sfyee@nalanda.org.my).

We look forward to your support and participation. Please bring along your family and friends.
May the Blessings of the Triple Gem be with you and your family always.