On Thursday 5 April, the Monastic Advisory Panel (MAP) of the Theravāda Buddhist Council of Malaysia (TBCM) met for the first time since its establishment. The meeting held at Bandar Utama Buddhist Society was called by the MAP to discuss an upcoming Sangha gathering in July.
The MAP consists of five senior bhikkhus – Ven. Sri Saranankara Nāyaka Thero (Abbot of Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple, Kuala Lumpur); Ven. Phra Khru Udomdhammpariban (Abbot of Wat Uttamaram, Pasir Mas, Kelantan); Ven. Aggacitta Mahathero (Abbot of Sāsanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary, Taiping); Ven. Dhammavuddho Mahathero (Abbot of Vihāra Buddha Gotama, Temoh, Perak); and Ven. Jutipañño Mahathero (Abbot of Dhamma-Light Meditation Centre, Api-Api, Johor).
Also attending the meeting were Nalanda founder Bro.Tan who was the Advisor to TBCM, Council President, Deputy President, Honorary Secretary and councillors, as well as TBCM Think Tank Member Achariya S. Vijaya.
Following this meeting, TBCM was entrusted to host and sponsor a gathering of Malaysian Theravāda Sangha members to be held in July before the beginning of ‘Vassana’ (Rains Retreat) period. Sadhu anumodana.