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With the changes of time, it means that method for Dharma propagation need to be adjusted accordingly as well, and fully utilizing modern technology is one of them, since teenagers are easily attracted to new things, and by letting them leam Dharma through things they are interested will have a better effect with lesser effort.

In the earlier Net world,the intemet is mostly used for searching information, downloading and reading purposes, but web 2.0 leads every user into a whole new era where everyone can "join" and "share", hence allowing everybody to become the source and word-spreader of information.

In this issue, Ven. Shi Hui Min explore the possibilities of how Buddha disciples can use the unique feature of web 2.0,not only for Dharma propagation purposes,but also seeking how to blend this feature into daily zen-meditation practice.




During the Buddha's time, the Blessed One applied 84,000 (countless) Dharma doors or methods in freeing sentient beings from great suffering. As the Dharma was spread to various parts of the world, various schools of thoughts arose due to geographical, ethnic and cultural variations. The three main schools of Buddhism are namely, Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism and Vajrayana Buddhism. Despite the differences, the three schools share the same fundamental teachings of the Buddha.

Moving forward with time, communication has evolved through the advancement of science and technology from the broadcasting age in the 1960s to the rise of computers in the 1980s right up to the internet age in the new millennium. In order to cater to the modern way of life, propagation of the Buddha Dharma is also carried out through the mass media. From television to the internet and social media, the public can access to the information more effectively and efficiently.

Through two great Dharma masters, Venerable Hui Min and Venerable Guang Ping, the essence of Buddhism and the role of internet in Buddhism were discussed in detail.




The 22nd National Council was elected after a long process of election.

In conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Buddhist Digest, a forum was held during the Biennial National Convention with the theme “Taking Root for the past 4 decades, witnessing the rise of the e-era”. The Buddhist Digest encountered many ups and downs with the contributions and sacrifices of so many people over these 40 years and this forum is to let everyone understand how Buddhist Digest overcame all these difficulties.

YBAM received various responses from the Buddhist fraternity on the press statement by YBAM on its support for the Bersih movement, some Buddhist organisations provided gathering points and their members marched on the street together and some Sangha members also joined the march. In addressing this matter, YBAM organised a forum recently to discuss the topic “Should Buddhist Organisations be involved in Politics?”, and key points raised at the forum are presented in this issue.


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