Monday, July 23, 2018

Meditation Retreat

The Meditation Retreat held from 14-15 July 2018 at Dhyana Ashram's Brahma Vidyaranyam, Sg.Kob Hills, Kulim, Kedah was a great success.  The Retreat was conducted by Bro. James Kon. The programme included prayers, bhajans, Light/Soham Meditation and Satsangs. Swami Bramananda of Dhyana Asharam also gave a short talk.  The serene and peaceful venue surrounded by rolling hills and lush oil palm plantations was the perfect setting for the Retreat and many devotees have expressed their interest in participating in future retreats. Seven members of NED Centre attended this Retreat.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Seva at Old Folks' Home

Ten devotees from our Centre paid a visit to the Gan En Zhi Chia (Home for Senior Citizens) in Sg. Ara on Saturday, 7th July and served them a vegetarian dinner home cooked by one of our ladies. We also spent some time talking with the residents and bringing them cheer. The Home at present has 16 residents and their ages range from 55 to 93 years.  Our Centre has committed to providing the Home with dinner every Saturday of the month.

Jai Sai Ram!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

34th AGM

The 34th Annual General Meeting of the Centre was held after arathi on Sunday, 17th June 2018.  A total of 26 members attended.  Also present was Penang State Co-ordinator, Bro. Tan Kim Teik.

The new Main Committee members for the term 2018/2020 are:

Bro. Alan Chew Cheow Teong - Chairman
Bro. Lim Soon Kheng - Secretary
Bro. Ong Lean Hong - Treasurer

Hon. Auditors
Bro. Gan Boon Teong
Sis. Neoh Poon Lai

Wing Co-ordinators
Spiritual - Bro. Lee Yew Khun
Bhajan Co-ordinator - Bro. Johnny Teh
Service - Sis. Tan Siew Choo
Service (Maintenance) - Bro. Ong Lean Hong
Education - Bro. Bala Chandran
Wanita - Sis. Marian Chew
(Assistant - Sis. Gladys Chee)
SCA - Sis. Lim Siew Kim
Youth - Bro. Danny Teh
Centre Altar Co-ordinator - Sis. Annie Teh

Address by newly elected Chairman, Bro. Alan Chew (seated centre)



Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Happy Wesak

 "May I eliminate evil thoughts
May I cultivate good deeds
May I help save all living beings"

Wesak Day signifies the Birthday, the Enlightenment Day and the Parinibbana (final passing away) of the Buddha.  It is indeed a triple happiness day and celebrated with great joy by Buddhists everywhere.

On this auspicious day, we held prayers at the Centre which was followed by the bathing of the statue of the Buddha by devotees.  This ritual highlights a universal message that it is easy to wash away physical dirt but much more difficult to cleanse one's "inner dirt" of greed, anger and ignorance.

May the Buddha's teachings guide and bless us with peace and contentment!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Mother's Day with the Old

To celebrate Mother's Day, we provided a vegetarian meal for the residents of the Silver Jubilee Home on Sunday,13th May.  Ten volunteers from the Centre were on hand to serve about 80 residents.

In the evening, we had a Mother's Day celebration at the Centre which highlighted the inspiring life of Mother Easwaramma and the importance of Filial Piety.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam

The reading of the Saptaha of  "The Tenth Avatar" (a concise biography of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba) in conjunction with Bhagawan's Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam began on Sunday, 18th March and concluded on Tuesday, 24th April.  This sadhana was carried out by Centre members on the Centre's bhajan days and each reading session was for about 15 minutes at the conclusion of bhajans.  The book, "The Tenth Avatar", gives a glimpse of Bhagawan's inspiring life of love and service to the poor and needy as well as other wonderful insights of His glorious life.

Jai Sai Ram!

Medical Screening

A medical screening was conducted at two children's homes, namely Shan Home and Ru Yi Home on Sunday,22nd April in conjunction with Swami's Mahasamadhi Day.  A total of 39 children and some adults were attended to by three doctors to detect any health problems besides receiving advice on personal hygiene and healthy living.  The children also had their vision checked and the majority of them were treated with deworming medication. 

Doctors attending to the children

Taking deworming medication -yuk!

The camp concluded with the serving of light refreshments to all, while 
volunteers also spent some moments with the children.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Kuan Yin's Birthday

Prayers were held at the Centre on the evening of 4th April (19th day of the 2nd month of the Chinese lunar calendar) to observe the birthday of Goddess Kuan Yin.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Gong Xi Fa Cai

To usher in the Year of the Dog, we held prayers at the Centre on the evening of Sunday, 18th February.  This was followed by the joyous singing of Chinese new year songs. Oranges and red packets were then distributed to everyone.   The evening ended with refreshments for all.


Friday, February 16, 2018


We held prayers at the Centre on the evening of Tuesday, 13th February to observe the holy occasion of Mahasivarathri.

"This Shivarathri is a day when one tries to establish friendship between mind and God. Shivarathri makes one aware of the fact that the same Divinity is all-pervasive and is to be found everywhere. It is said that Shiva lives in Kailasa. But where is Kailasa? Kailasa is our own joy, our own bliss. It means that Easwara lives in the Kailasa of delight. If we can develop that sense of joy and delight in our mind, that itself is Kailasa. How can one get this joy? It comes when we develop purity and steadiness and sacredness. Then the heart becomes filled with peace and bliss. Then your heart itself will be Kailasa and Shiva will be there in the sanctum sanctorum of your heart, within the temple which is your body."

~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba ~
(Divine Discourse - 17.2.1985)

Friday, December 29, 2017

Christmas at NED

Gift of appreciation to the Centre Secretary

It was a joyous Christmas Eve at NED with many devotees turning up to celebrate Christmas.  The evening began with bhajans which was followed by devotees singing together popular Christmas carols.  A surprise item was the presentation of a gift to the Centre's Secretary, Bro. Lim Soon Kheng by a senior devotee, in appreciation of his valuable contributions to the Centre over the past many years.   The evening ended around 10 p.m. after refreshments were served to all.