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


30 August 2014

Malaysia – My Country, My Home

On 31 August 2014, we celebrate Malaysia’s 57th Independence Day.  Arguably, it has been a difficult year for Malaysia with the twin accidents of MH370 and 17 still fresh in our thoughts.  Yet we have faith that with collective will and unity, we can overcome such tragedies as one nation and people.

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22 August 2014

‘Selamat pulang’, MH17

Today, we receive the remains of 20 fellow Malaysians who perished on MH17 on their most poignant journey home.  We are united as a nation and people in prayer for all casualties and their loved ones.  May they be at Peace – ‘Santi’.

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17 April 2014

“Today, we lost a Malaysian”

In the early hours of 17 April 2014, Yang Berhormat Tuan Karpal Singh – prominent lawyer, politician, and Member of Parliament for Bukit Gelugor – died in a car accident on the North-South Highway en route to Penang.

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1 November 2013

Nalanda Officers attend Buddhist-Muslim Dialogue

On Friday 1 November, Nalanda Founder Bro. H S Tan, Director of Pustaka Nalanda Bro. Ananda Fong, and Board Member Bro. Charlie Teng, together with Datin Seri Mah Ming Yuet and Ajahn Malee Praison, attended a Buddhist-Muslim Dialogue entitled “Peace & Sustainability”.  The Inter-faith Dialogue was jointly organized by Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia (IKIM – the Malaysian Institute of Islamic Understanding), International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB), and the International Movement for a Just World (JUST).  The dialogue was hosted by IKIM at their headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. Read more

16 September 2013

Happy ‘Malaysia Day’!

Article by Dr. Tan Ho Soon

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of our nation.  On 16 September 1963, the Federation of Malaya merged with the newly-independent states of Sarawak, Sabah and Singapore to form a new nation – Malaysia.  Although Singapore later left the federation in 1965, ties between our two states have nevertheless remained close over the decades.

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31 August 2013

Nalanda’s Merdeka Day Message 2013

“A Maturing Nation”

Article by Dr. Tan Ho Soon

Today we celebrate our nation’s 56th Anniversary of Independence – ‘Merdeka Day’.  We are thankful to be able to observe this milestone in relative peace, harmony and prosperity.  We have to thank our forefathers and elders for their untiring work to hand us this inheritance which is Malaysia.  Our gratitude also goes to civil servants, private enterprises, good citizens and our foreign guest workers for helping us in the challenging task of nation-building.

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5 March 2013

Sangha Nāyaka of Malaysia

Nalanda Patron’s Day will be observed over 3 days from 16 – 18 March, with a wholesome line-up of meaningful educational programmes.  18 March 2013 marks the 95th birth anniversary of our late Spiritual Advisor, Venerable Kirinde Sri Dhammananda.  The late venerable was an erudite monk fondly known as the “Sangha Nāyaka of Malaysia”.  In Bro. Tan’s concise article below, we visit the origin and real meaning of this title, and how it can understood by the laity.

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31 August 2012

Nalanda’s Merdeka Day Message 2012

As we celebrate our nation’s 55th Independence Day, let us be thankful and reflective on all the blessings we have so far enjoyed.  Admittedly Malaysia is not paradise, nor is it the ‘best’, nor ‘safest’, nor ‘happiest’ country in the world.  That’s all very subjective.  Still, there is much for us to celebrate, such as our climate, our fertile land, our abundant resources, our cultural diversity, and our wonderful people.

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4 July 2012

Lord Buddha’s Relics presented to Malaysian Buddhists

In January 1898, an archeological survey team led by Peppe were excavating near the present-day Indian-Nepali border at Piphrawa.  Peppe’s team discovered a ruined stupa, believed to be the site of ancient Kapilavatthu.  During the excavation, a sandstone box, which contained jewels, ornaments and small urns, was discovered among the ruins.

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2 July 2012

Buddhism in Malaysia

“The Buddha had exercised a profound influence on human civilization, and his teachings and example had provided the ethical and moral underpinnings of many societies. His teachings were based on the law of release from suffering, leading to spiritual enlightenment.”

United Nations
General Assembly
54th Meeting, 2000.

Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang
Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas

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