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Eastern Horizon

Eastern Horizon is a non-profit and non-sectarian Buddhist journal published by the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia three times a year. It was launched in October 1995 with the two objectives: 1)To present the Teachings of the Buddha through the print media to Malaysians and the English-speaking world. 2)To present the common teachings found in all three Buddhist traditions – Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana – for the benefit of all readers.

It features essays on all aspects of Buddhism, interviews with Dharma teachers, features on Buddhism and modern life, news, and book reviews. Its editorial policy and contents reflect the vision of the YBAM which is to present the essential core teachings of all three traditions – Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana in a common and harmonious manner.


The United Nations has declared 2015 as the Time for Global Action, especially to end poverty, promote prosperity and well-being for all, protect the environment, and address climate change. In trying to achieve these goals, the UN is working with governments, civil society and other partners, including religious groups, throughout the world. Yet the past year has witnessed more wars and suffering of millions of people in different parts of the world. Natural disasters, many of which can be attributed to man’s own greed, continue to wreak havoc on many countries causing untold suffering to thousands of people. To a large extent, we can consider ourselves fortunate to be in Malaysia, and be grateful for the peace and harmony that we continue to enjoy.


Each morning, we read in newspapers of wars being fought somewhere on our planet. The struggle of the last 100 years between the Israelis and the Palestinians is one of the most enduring and explosive of all the world’s conflicts where thousands have died. Even innocent passengers on a plane were killed because it flew over a war zone in Ukraine, as happened to Malaysia Airlines MH17. The year 1945 when the Second World War ended was when man wanted to begin a new world devoid of conflict and war but unfortunately, that was not to be.


At this point of writing, there is still no news on the whereabouts of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 which went missing on March 8 with 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 14 nations. The pain and suffering of the relatives and friends of those on board are obvious and understandable.

As Buddhists how should we react to such a tragedy? Firstly, Buddhism reminds us that it is a certainty that all of us will die one day and that we do not know the time or place of that occurrence. When we come to understand that life is impermanent and unpredictable, that everybody is going to die, including ourselves, we can find some ground for developing greater wisdom around our fear of death, even when mourning the deaths of innocent passengers and crew on flight MH 370.