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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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  • YBAM President Goh Qing Song - 2016 Wesak Day Speech
    YBAM President Goh Qing Song - 2016 Wesak Day Speech

    Two thousand and six hundred years ago, the founder of Buddhism, Gautama Buddha understood the law of “arising from conditioned causation”. Through this he knew that everything that happened in this world had a reason behind. As long as we know how to walk the right path with this knowledge, it will lessen a lot of sufferings, and be on the path of happiness. That is also how Buddhists view “impermanence”, every year is different, but every year could be better. It is because of “impermanence” that we can have hope, a hope for a better future.

    In the last year, the global economy had took a great dive, country and society are in turmoil, and disasters happened frequently. These had caused the people to suffer pain. In truth, “sufferings” are everywhere, not only there are sufferings due to societal problems, we also need to face personal sufferings, including our career, health, studies, relationship etc. Our heart is similar to a mini-universe, it is forever changing, and we often feel helpless, not knowing what to do. When something good happened, we will feel happy; when things don’t go as we wish, there will be negative thoughts and feelings. We become the slave to our emotions, and without wisdom and power, we would not be able to learn the true reasons behind our emotions.

    Learning from the Buddha helps to improve our wisdom and power, in facing the ever-changing world. We can make the right choice without being affected by external factors. There is always a reason behind the happening of many things. As long as you know the root causes, you will be able to face it calmly. Rather than choosing to run away, it is better to build up the correct attitude, so you can maintain an optimistic point of view no matter you are in which situation.

    The Chinese saying “Farming in sunny day and reading in rainy day”, means we should do what we are supposed to do. In daily life we are our parents’ children, employees to our bosses, citizens of our nation, students of the Buddha, and we should perform our best in every position, learn everything we could in every opportunity, and do what must be done. We can work hard during sunny days, creating more chances to gain success; and when it is a rainy day, we can self-practice and read more for self improvement. When our life is going smoothly, we will try to create more opportunity; when our life hits a rock, we can make lemonade out of lemon to refresh ourselves.

    A good or bad attitude will decide one’s life, so a successful life must start from a correct attitude. Buddhism emphasizes on d the importance of “Right View”. Buddhist lay persons must cultivate the “Right View” in their path of learning the Dharma. The Right View is just like our eyes, only with the guide of our eyes we can walk faster, and we would not wander to the wrong path. The emphasizes: “Those who possess the Right View, even if they go through thousands of years , they would not fall into the Wretch Realm.” Vasubandhu also mentioned in the : “Right View shall be the first priority”. Hence Right View is the basic for the Eight Noble path, only when we could recognize the world through right view, and understand the arising from conditioned causation, then we can walk on the right path of learning the Dharma and gather sufficient merits. Especially in this era of turmoil, where the line between right and wrong has been blurred, and when society is full of wrong concepts which are seemingly right, we must insist on the right path. This depends on whether we have the correct value system as our guide.

    May all beings be well and happy on this auspicious day of Wesak!

  • 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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