Coming back to physical Dhamma programmes

For the past two years, we have been able to continue learning Dhamma within the confines of pandemic restrictions, due to the availability of on-line programmes, retreats and talks.  Now that we are entering the endemic phase of Covid-19 and our daily activities resume back into a societal context, we asked participants of Nalanda Institute’s course, why they have chosen to attend the physical classes and how they have benefitted from it.


Looking after my bedridden mother-in-law

In the unlikeliest times, we are able to see and realise Dhamma if we face challenges with positivity and determination.  Sis. Pauline Choong relates how she and her family came together to support and care for her mother-in-law who was suffering from the late stages of colon cancer.  When she recollected the Buddha’s words, she remained calm and determined to carry out this task of love.


“When your body is sick, don’t let your mind be sick.”

Bro. Chan Chee Woh had always kept a healthy lifestyle because he believed that when we look after ourselves, things will not fall apart.  Without any sign or warning, he was stricken with a heart attack and experienced great anxiety because he was extremely worried for his wife and children.  He recollects how the Dhamma had helped and calmed him down, a factor which is crucial for our bodily health.

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I was diagnosed with Covid-19

“It could happen to any of us at any time, and it did happen to me.” Sis Pei Qi shares her story about the time she had Covid-19 and how she got through that difficult period with Dhamma. She talks about overcoming her negative feelings such as anxiety and offers some useful tips for anyone facing challenges in life.

May 20, 2021

Being alone in times of lockdown

I moved to this city five years ago for work purposes.  Before I was accustomed to the city life, I regularly travelled home every month to visit my parents.  How I missed their company, the familiar sights and food! A […]
May 20, 2021

Losing my son was like losing my life

I was a career woman, happy wife, and mother to 3 beautiful children.  Like many others, I enjoyed holidays, good food, shopping, and spending time with my family, but my life changed 6 years ago.  I was busy as usual […]
May 20, 2021

Fear before our Covid-19 vaccinations

A few friends and I signed up for the voluntary Covid-19 ‘Brand-A’ vaccinations.  Our vaccination slots were only a day apart, so we decided to create a chatgroup to support one another in this process.  Days before the appointment, four […]
May 20, 2021

High-flying and high on shopping

I was living the high-flyer’s life, taking business class flights to Europe and the U.S. several times a year for work.  On these very comfortable trips, I also took time for excursions and more importantly, do lots of shopping!  In […]
May 16, 2021

Transforming pessimism to hope

Give meaning to life Monotonous, repetitive, pointless.  Studying overseas provided me with personal space and independence that I had always wanted, but it also gave me serious doubts on the meaning of life.  I still remember the quiet walks home […]
May 16, 2021

Why do we have to die?

Coming to terms with death When I got married and had children, the burden of responsibility and emotional turmoil flooded my life.  I loved them so much and had bouts of anxiety when they fell sick, fearful that I would […]