Special Talk on Buddhist History in Kedah

Bro. Tan was guest speaker at the YBAM event, with (from left) Mr. Loo Chor Sin, First President of Central Kedah Buddhist Association; Mr. Khaw Kheng Hooi, President of Gurun Buddhist Association; Bro. Chong Hung Wang, former President of YBAM; and Dato’ Ang Choo Hong, President of Buddhist Research Society.

On 10 October, Nalanda Founder Bro. Tan was invited to Central Kedah Buddhist Association in Sungai Petani to give a keynote presentation on the “Buddhist Presence in Kedah”.  The special talk was in conjunction with the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia’s “Dharma Walk” programme held at the same venue.  Members from more than 20 Kedahan Buddhist societies attended the event.

The Kedahan audience listening to the presentation on their local history with interest.

In his presentation, Bro. Tan covered the arrival and establishment of Buddhism in Northern Malay Peninsular, specifically in the Bujang Valley in Central Kedah, 2000 years ago.  The discovery of Buddhist archaeological ruins and artifacts proved that Buddhism was practised in Kedah since the 1st Century CE.  Bro. Tan’s interesting coverage of the subject was very well-received and much appreciated by the participants.  Sadhu anumodana!

The largely youthful crowd at the Central Kedah Buddhist Association in Sungai Petani.