A quick reference & guide
1. What is ‘Wisdom Park’?
2. Where is it located?
3. What is the land size and status?
4. What is so unique about ‘Wisdom Park’?
5. How is ‘Wisdom Park’ going to be built?
6. Who is coordinating and implementing the project?
7. Why does Nalanda want to develop ‘Wisdom Park’?
Interview with Bro. Tan Ho Soon
Why did you name the proposed facility ‘Wisdom Park’?
Why is Nalanda focusing strongly on Buddhist education?
Buddhist education in Malaysia has fallen behind in terms of knowledge. Currently in Malaysia, the focus is mainly on conducting rituals; there is a lack of appreciation on Dhamma. Many people are ‘practising’ based on their own beliefs and without proper understanding.
There are many ‘pseudo-Buddhists’ with misleading teachings and this is causing plenty of confusion among the public about ‘Buddhist’ doctrines and practice. I think this unsatisfactory state of affairs can only be alleviated with proper Buddhist education that is widespread, impactful and effective. The way we can achieve this is by training a large number of competent and inspiring Dhamma teachers – enough for every state and district in Malaysia.
We need educated Buddhists in this country to prevent Buddhism from declining. In the past, Buddhism vanished from India due to the lack of proper understanding among followers. The Malaysian population has matured and it is time for Buddhists to enhance and deepen our understanding of Dhamma, under systematic and progressive guidance.
Interview with Sis. Evelyn Chow
What are the views of Nalanda Board members on the ‘Wisdom Park’ project?
The Board agreed unanimously to the proposed acquisition of the land during our meeting on 12 July 2015. It was later endorsed at the Extraordinary General Meeting on 26 July 2015, where all members voted unanimously to approve the purchase.
The Board views ‘Wisdom Park’ as a necessity because of the declining standard of Buddhist education and the lack of competent leadership in the country. We perceive this as a critical issue and that is why Nalanda is taking the initiative and lead to build these facilities for the training of future Dhamma teachers and Buddhist leaders.
How will Wisdom Park benefit the community?
Interview with Bro. Charlie Teng
How did you get to know of this piece of land?
Where is Hulu Selangor and how accessible is it from different parts of the country?
Is this a Buddhist community project where different organisations are involved?
Interview with Vijaya Samarawickrama
Why is there a need for this project when there are already many Buddhist centres in Malaysia?
There are not many societies in Malaysia providing Buddhist education, less so in the English medium. The facilities at ‘Wisdom Park’ are akin to those of a university campus. Buddhist education in Malaysia can only come to the forefront with better facilities.
In the past, expansion meant the construction of more big buildings and temples, or setting up more charitable organizations. ‘Wisdom Park’ project is aimed at educating people and increasing their understanding of Buddhism through proper education.
Why is ‘Wisdom Park’ project focusing on educating the lay community?
Interview with Tan Siang Chye
What is the plan for realising ‘Wisdom Park’?
How does ‘Wisdom Park’ cater to the training of youths and children?
Today's youths will be tomorrow’s leaders. We can train youths to become good leaders if we have the right people, resources, facilities and training programmes. ‘Wisdom Park’ will be build with these requirements in mind.
Children learn best in moments of joy. The project provides suitable facilities and a natural environment conducive for learning and the development of children. Furthermore, there will be facilities for family activities which will help to foster closer parent-children relationships while they learn Dhamma together. We have to use the most relevant techniques, not recycle outdated ones, for effective education of the modern generation.