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World Buddhist Conference, 2010

Written by  Administrator Tuesday, 22 November 2011 04:42

Three leading Buddhist organisations, YBAM, Buddhist Gem Fellowship and Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia, supported by eight other Buddhist organisations, organised the World Buddhist Conference (WBC) from September 25-26, 2010 at Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The ballroom of Hotel Istana was filled to capacity with 800 attendees from 12 countries.

The theme of the conference was “Living in Harmony: When Things Fall Apart”. The message of the conference was that we should see life in its proper perspective. Even if misfortunes or calamities were to affect us - be it in our business, career, or private relationships - we should not lose hope or adopt a pessimistic and fatalistic view of life. The Buddha had taught us that we can indeed remain happy in the midst of misfortunes or “when things fall apart” if we understand how our mind works and apply techniques to calm it.

Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh was the keynote address speaker for the conference. Other speakers included Ven.Wei Wu, Roshi Dr Joan Halifax, Ven. Tejadhammo Bhikkhu, Ven. Thubten Chodron, Ven. Geshe Tenzin Zopa, Dr David Loy, Dr Tan Eng Kong and Ms Anchalee Kurutach.

Originally entitled “Global Conference on Buddhism”, it was earlier held in Auckland and Perth as well as Kuala Lumpur.