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  • Religious Dialogue Should Propagate Right Teachings of Each Religion

    Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) received complaints from the students of Maktab Raja Melewar Seremban on the “Dialog Harmoni” organised by the college recently to promote students’ understanding on different religions but with an apparent attempt to convert the students instead. The students informed that they were compelled to attend the talk. However, this talk failed to provide fair view on other religions but degraded the teachings and portrayed the supremacy of a particular religion.

  • Open Dialogue, The Doctrine of The Mean, Promoting the Process of Democracy

    Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) welcome and appreciate the 25 prominent Malay leaders, who publicly supported a debate regarding all suggestions related to Syariah law. As a Muslim, this needs a lot of courage and responsibility. Malaysia is a country that rules with The Doctrine of Mean, all government’s policy must take the welfare of all the people into consideration, including the feelings of all races. The speech of political leaders must also present the perception and attitude of a National Leader, and they must abandon narrow-minded thinking and extreme behaviour.

  • Joint Statement: Buddhist Community STATEMENT on the violence in Sri Lanka!

    We, members of the Buddhist community in Malaysia, learned with great grief and shock over the latest wave of violence led by a Sinhala Buddhist organisation, the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS, Buddhist Power Force) against the Muslim community of the south-west of Sri Lanka in the towns of Aluthgama, Beruwala, Velipenna and Dharga.

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  • Notice on YBAM Chinese New Year Holiday

    Please be informed that YBAM offices will be closed during Chinese New Year.

    YBAM Administration and Training Centre (Taman Mayang, Selangor)

    The office will be closed from 7 February 2016 to 14 February 2016, and resumes normal operation on 15 February 2016.

    YBAM Penang Administration Centre

    The office will be closed from 6 February 2016 to 14 February 2016, and resumes normal operation on 15 February 2016.

    Thank you for your kind attention and wish you a Happy Chinese New Year!

  • YBAM President Goh Qing Song - 2016 New Year Speech
    YBAM President Goh Qing Song - 2016 New Year Speech

    Recently the has announced that the word “Bitter” was chosen as the Chinese character of 2015, a true reflection of the feelings of the people. In the past year, the country’s politics has been in a turbulent situation, relations between religions and races are strained, the safety in society is out of control, plus the economy is depreciating steeply and the sharp rise in inflation, all these have a strong impact on people’s life, making life difficult day to day.

    For many people, “Bitter” is stress, dissatisfaction, insufficient, and could not maintain what they currently possess. Many people choose to evade and unwilling to face the disappointments in life. Though, life is always bittersweet. We must always go through the darkness before dawn, and even a person has the best youthful years, we will eventually grow old as the years pass. A lot of things in this world are having two aspects, including “Bitter”. Although many would resist it, but it is an “adversity” that one must go through before achieving success. Even the birth of a new life must experience the pains and extrusion. In fact, not everything in life must be perfect, and because of the imperfection, there is room for improvement.

    According to the Buddhist view, “Bitter” is something every person should experience, but it never stays the same forever, as long as we work hard consistently, the situation will change. In fact, a person’s success depends on our attitude towards “Bitter” and how much stress we can endure. So the most important lesson in life is how should we face good times and bad times in life. When things go well, we must learn to appreciate what we have and create a better future. When times are bad, we must learn to overcome bitterness and change it into nutrients for life.

    There is a Chinese phrase “Farming on a sunny day, and studying on a rainy day”, which means that we work hard on the sunny day, and do not waste time on rainy day, seize the opportunity to fulfill ourselves, recharge, and wait for the chance. There is work to do during the day, and there are also things that could be done during the nighttime. As a Buddha quote “The Absolute Void and The Existence of The Supernatural”, the world has infinite possibilities for everyone, even when things seem hopeless. Things only can be repossessed by letting go.

    Welcome the arrival of year 2016, I wish we lived in a world without disasters. Let us look forward to a better world, and the country continues making progress.

  • The Jātaka “Dasa Raja Dharma” - The Ten Rules for Good Government - Speech for National Day 2015 by President of YBAM, Goh Ging Song
    The Jātaka  “Dasa Raja Dharma” - The Ten Rules for Good Government - Speech for National Day 2015  by President of YBAM,  Goh Ging Song

    The National Day 2015 is celebrated in a rather dignified atmosphere with commencement of Bersih 4.0 Rally held two days ahead of the National Day Celebration. The Rally, with participation estimated more than the Bersih 3.0 Rally, is said to be an event to gauge the people’s support towards the government. It is also worth mentioning that, the supports towards Bersih 4.0 Rally is driven by a value-oriented mindset for a better governance of the nation, and not for the cause of supporting the alternative alliance.


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