19 May 2020

Buddhist antiquity in Bujang Valley

After the British took over the administration of Kedah in 1911, colonial surveyors were surprised to discover many remains of stone and brick temple structures in the state which showed Indian influence, dating from as early as the 5th century CE.  These antiquities were scattered in an area extending from the southern foothills of Gunung Jerai (Kedah Peak) to Merbok River in Kuala Muda District.  This 225 km² expanse of land is known today as the Bujang Valley – and it is by far the richest archaeological site discovered in Malaysia.

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8 August 2017

Religion in ASEAN

8 August 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of ASEAN – the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.  Malaysia, along with Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore were its founding members back in 1967.  Brunei joined ASEAN after its independence in 1984, followed by Vietnam (in 1995), Laos (1997), Myanmar (1997), and Cambodia (1999).

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25 May 2017

Ajahn Buddhadāsa’s 111th birth anniversary

Ajahn Buddhadāsa’s philosophy, way of life, and teachings continue to have a positive influence on the development of Thai Buddhist movement.This week, we commemorate the life and teachings of one of the most notable Buddhist teachers of the 20th century – Ajahn Buddhadāsa Indapañño (Phra Dharmakosacarya) of Thailand.  Ajahn Buddhadāsa was born on 27 May 1906 in Chaiya, Southern Thailand, to a Chinese Hokkien father and Thai mother.  He renounced the worldly life at age 20 and led an exemplary life of an ascetic bhikkhu until his passing.

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15 October 2016

Was the Buddha a ‘perfectionist’?

The Buddha was distinguished as ‘the Perfect One’ – He had perfect knowledge of the world and faultless conduct. “By definition, a ‘perfectionist’ is someone who likes to accomplish something perfectly, and finds it difficult to accept anything less than flawless.  No, the Buddha was not a ‘perfectionist’.  He did not have any illusions about perfection.  He truly understood the world and was very clear about imperfections in life.

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19 July 2016

Nālandā declared “World Heritage Site”

On 15 July 2016, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) listed the renowned ancient Buddhist university – Nalanda Mahavihara in India – as a “World Heritage Site”.

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6 June 2016

What is the highest delight?

“‘Delight’ means experiencing joy, pleasure, and happiness.  The Buddha described that of all delights, the delight in Dhamma is most excellent (Pāli – “Sabbaratim dhammarati jinati”; Dhammapada verse 354).  Why is that so?

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17 June 2015

A tribute to Ajahn Chah

17 June marks the birth anniversary of Venerable Ajahn Chah Subhaddo – one of the greatest Dhamma teachers of the modern era.  We humbly pay tribute to Ajahn Chah’s immense contributions and wise teachings that have continued to guide thousands of people along the path of Dhamma.

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11 June 2015

Borobudur – Gem of Buddhist Architecture

Built during the Srivijaya Period in the 9th Century C.E., Borobudur is one of the largest and most impressive Buddhist monuments in the world.  Its structure symbolizes the entire Buddhist cosmology comprising different realms of existence.  Thousands of sculptures and relief carvings chronicling the Buddha’s life adorn the enormous stupa, making it extremely rich in narratives.

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26 April 2015

Colourful and iconic emblem – the Buddhist Flag

Ever wondered why the Buddhist Flag is so colourful?

Well, it was not originally intended to be attention-grabbing; but it is undoubtedly conspicuous and eye-catching!  You see, the Flag was designed way back in 1885 in Sri Lanka.  Back then, the emerging modern Buddhist movement needed a peaceful yet potent symbol to rally followers around.

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23 April 2015

History of the Buddhist Flag

The Buddhist Flag was first hoisted in Sri Lanka on Wesak Day, 28 April 1885, when the country was still under British colonial rule.  At that time, the majority Sinhalese Buddhist population felt discriminated against by the colonial authorities when carrying out their religious activities, as well as pressurized by relentless foreign evangelism.  The Buddhists needed an icon to peacefully rally around, and hence, the idea of the ‘Buddhist Flag’ was conceived.

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