Refers to any topic concerning Malaysian Buddhism, e.g. Malaysian Buddhist culture, traditions, customs, practices, etc.

16 September 2021

Happy ‘Malaysia Day’ 2021

Today is the 58th anniversary of the formation of ‘Malaysia’– a federation of 13 states spanning the Malay Peninsula, Sarawak, and Sabah.  As a multi-ethnic and multi-religious, Malaysians have grown to be more resilient and progressive as we face the challenges of economic turmoil, political uncertainties and now, the Covid-19 pandemic.

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5 September 2021

Congratulations to the Malaysia Paralympics Team

The Paralympics Games Tokyo 2020 concludes today after two weeks of competition.  The Malaysian contingent had its best performance ever this year by winning three gold medals and two silver medals. We rejoice in the sportsmanship of all the Paralympics athletes who have upheld the Olympic spirit of friendship and harmony throughout the games. 

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31 August 2021

Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan ke-64

Today, Malaysians celebrate the 64th anniversary of our nation’s independence, marking another year of unrelenting patience and perseverance.  We have not only put on hold our desires and fancies as a means of safeguarding our communities, we have also made sacrifices due to our care, respect and compassion for our fellow countrymen.

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13 May 2021

Our best wishes for ‘Aidilfitri’

Nalanda Buddhist Society wishes our Muslim friends a peaceful celebration on the arrival of Syawal today.  While festivities are likely to be muted again this year with the reinstatement of lockdown in Malaysia, the spirit of gratitude and forgiveness need not be diminished.  With the help of technology, we can still connect with our loved ones whilst safeguarding their health by minimising the risk of exposure to them.

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16 September 2020

Happy 57th ‘Malaysia Day’!

Today, we mark the 57th anniversary of the formation of our beloved nation ‘Malaysia’.  We have travelled quite a distance along the path of nationhood since then.  We are happy that this multi-ethnic, multi-religious, and multi-cultural country has withstood half a century of trials and tribulations to emerge with a stronger society and a more resilient economy.

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30 August 2020

Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan Ke-63

Tomorrow on 31 August, we celebrate Malaysia’s 63rd anniversary of Independence, known as ‘Merdeka Day’.  The word ‘Merdeka’ is derived from the Pāli word ‘maha-iddhika’ meaning ‘possessing great power’.  It refers to the power given to Malaysians, having gained autonomy from colonial rule, to progress the nation through self-determination.

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28 June 2020

The Covid-19 surge is not over

The world marked another grim milestone today with 10 million confirmed Covid-19 infections resulting in more than 500,000 deaths. Four large countries – the United States of America, Brazil, Russia and India – account for 50% of all cases reported globally. Indeed, the epicentre of this pandemic has shifted from Asia to Europe, North America, and now to Latin America.

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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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27 April 2020

An elusive Malayan icon

What animal is black and white, weighs up to 300 kg, lives in the jungles of Asia, and is not a Giant Panda?  It is ‘Tapirus indicus’ – or commonly known as the Malayan Tapir.  This inhabitant of our lowland jungles is the largest of 4 species of tapirs in the world, and the only one found in Asia.

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24 April 2020

Welcoming Ramadhan & Vesakhā

Today marks the start of Ramadhan fasting month for Muslims around the world.  Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islamic faith, but it means more than not consuming food and drinks during the day.  The purpose of the fast is to cleanse the mind from sensual desires and worldly cravings; it is a time of spiritual reflection for the purpose of purifying oneself.

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