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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:37


Geshe Dorji Damdul Dharma Talk Series ended successfully. Geshe Dorji Damdul is the official translator of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama. Attendees were given opportunity to expose to four topics included “Understanding & Practice of Heart Sutra from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition"", “Relevance of the Nalanda Tradition in Modern Society”, “The Secret of Success” and “ The Essence of Tibetan Buddhism and Its General Misconceptions”. Attendees felt vitality, wisdom, warmth and integrity from the talk.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:36


Organised by Kelantan SLC, hosted by Kelantan Buddhist Association Youth Section, Children Dharma Class Teachers Training course was held successfully. 51 people participated in this training course. Sister Lew Yin Yee provides a handy interactive class for learning and teaching. The participated felt very satisfied and gained new experiences from this course. There is a special session in this training course that the participants will need to practice their concentration to make sure the bowl on head will not fall down. Sister Lew also encouraged teachers can nurture good habits in children since they are young.


1. YBAM urges the Government and its relevant Ministries and Departments to have more consultations with authentic Buddhist organisations on issues related to Buddhism in Malaysia. This will prevent public confusion about the authenticity of organisations that claim to be Buddhist. At the same time, the Government should support YBAM’s initiative to invite more authentic Buddhist speakers from overseas to propagate Buddhism in the country for the benefit of the Buddhist community.

2. YBAM strongly oppose the tabling of bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 in the Parliament, as this bill contradicts the secular nature of our constitution, and it is against the Malaysia social contract and it is not suitable for a multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural Malaysian society. This move will lead to constitutional crisis and affect the national unity.

NoPostNational Council
1 President Sek Chin Yong
2 Deputy President Sin Yew Sen
3 Vice President Ven. Zong Ping
4 Vice President Lee Li Foon
5 Vice President Mok Chuang Yong
6 Vice President Tan King Leong
7 Vice President Thai Ming Yeow
8 Vice President Ting Yik Hwa
9 Secretary General Gan Chee Wei
10 Treasurer Lee Li Chen
11 Deputy Secretary General Ng Hui Chen
12 Council Member Chiah Boon Hoon
13 Council Member Chok Men Fei
14 Council Member Chong Zhao Jun
15 Council Member Khong Fong Jia
16 Council Member Lim Siew Foong
17 Council Member Loh Yit Phing
18 Council Member Teong Shiau Hui
19 Council Member Yeoh Chou Pai

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!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 10:54

VOL 138


Recent political turmoil in Malaysia has made the people panic, people have expressed their standpoint, but in the midst of the political chaos, how should we distinguish right from wrong and understand the path we should be heading? When to step out? Why to step out?

Malaysia is a multi-cultural, multi-religious, and multi-ethnic country; in order to reduce conflicts, the best way to rule is by dividing politics and religion. And because of the differences, we have to uphold mutual understanding and tolerance towards the society and different ethnic groups when we are expressing our stances and opinions.

YBAM had invited four distinguished speakers; they were Tony Pua Kiam Wee, Member of Parliament for Petaling Jaya Utara and ex-committee member of Public Accounts Committee, Lai Kuan Folk, ex-Member of Parliament and YBAM Consultant, and Goh Tay Hock, YBAM Lay Advisors; for a seminar named “Political Chaos: Where Do We Go from Here? ". The seminar content is included into the current Berita YBAM.

Date: 9 January 2016

Time: 6.30 to 11.00pm

Venue: Multipurpose Hall of SJK (C) Sungai Way, Selangor.

Special Guest for Opening Ceremony: Y.B Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Second Minister of International Trade and Industry

Attendees: 1020 participants, 100 Organising Committee members and Volunteers

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.

Friday, 27 November 2015 14:04

VOL 137


In life, whether we are pursuing career advancement, blissfulness in our family or happiness in daily life, we may seek the answers from the Dharma.

This is the beauty of Dharma, it is not merely a religion, but a way of life. People apply Dharma in daily life, career and family for a perfect life.

In this Issue, we have interviewed two veterans from Buddhist community – the Shaklee Presidential Master Law Chu Hian and the founder of DAIE Engineering Teh Lai Tien. They shared their experiences on how they apply Dharma into real life practice and pursue a meaningful career, family and life.

Through their experiences, we believe more Dharma practitioners will attain inner peace and perfection in life.

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.