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Opening Ceremony 37th Novitiate Programme 10th November 2012

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 16:59

Ven. K Sri Dhammaratana Nayaka Maha Thero, the Chief High Priest of Malaysia, Members of the Maha Sangha, Bro Leslie, president of the Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society Bro. Jeffrey Pang, the Secretary General of the Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia Brothers and Sisters in the Dharma. Good morning everyone, welcome to the 37th Novitiate Program 2012 opening ceremony.

First and foremost, I would like to congratulate for the success of the event. Together with the Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia (BMSM) and Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society (SAWS), the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) has co-sponsored this auspicious event over the past many years with the objective to provide Malaysian Buddhists an opportunity to experience life as a buddhist monastics and also to serve as a seeding ground for developing homegrown Sangha in Malaysia.

The aim of this programme is to promote Buddhist education and to introduce proper religious discipline, as well as a taste of Buddhist Monastics life to the public. In today’s society whose information and technology are rapidly developed, many people are aspiring to succeed in the modern and materialistic world. People have more desire and craving for more material possessions, which leads to not only many social problems, but also causing imbalance and complications within oneself. Accordingly, many seek for temporary relief by taking drugs and intoxicants, especially young people, used to associate with their peers and engage in many immoral activities.

It is very unfortunate that not many have realized the root cause of the problem, and hence not many have think of the religions as a solution to the problem. Even among Buddhists, not many have think of the Lord Buddha and resort to His teaching as a way out. Perhaps this has got to do with Malaysian education system which single out the religious education for non Muslims. In the recently launched Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025 Preliminary Report, YBAM had pointed out in many occasions, its drawbacks and to stress the importance of religious education as part of the national education reform, as well as to taking into consideration the religious needs for many non Muslim students equally.

Religion is a way of life that uplift good spirit and morality in the society. It is all about the transformation of an individual, mentally and emotionally, resulted in better behavior. In Buddhism, in particular, the Buddha reveals to the world the way to find real peace and happiness, and to the complete cessation of suffering. It is our challenge, as a Buddhist or Buddhist leader, to ensure that the Buddha’s teaching is always applicable, relevant and stay connected to the contemporary society. Buddha’s teaching is not only for Buddhists, it is for all humankind who is in sufferings or is of interest to seek for peace and to live happier life. As the late Chief Ven. K.Sri Dhammananda rightly taught us: "A man who puts aside his religions because he is going to join society is like one who takes off his shoes because he is about to embark on a journey." Hence, Buddhist leaders have to make sure that the activities we are organized are not only for Buddhists, but to non Buddhists as well.

YBAM as the leading Buddhist youth organization in the country, truly believes that the Novitiate Programme is relevant and is of great significance for Buddhist youth development in Malaysia. Through our conviction in the Buddha’s mission of compassion, growth and liberation, we will continue to support and promote this programme as one of the ways in striving towards our vision of developing a society of Wisdom, Compassion and Gratitude.

My message to the participants, as especially the young one: Congratulations for making such a great decision in your life to take up the challenge! This program provides a good opportunity for you to experience how a Buddhist monastics lives their lives, it may not be very easy and interesting at first, but I believe the impact and the teaching of the Great Buddha will remain in you for the rest of your lives. Lets practise the Buddha's teaching diligently, but not desperately

Last but not least, on behalf of the organizers, I would like to congratulate for the success of the event, and am feel very grateful and thankful to all who have contributed to make this programme a possible and a success one.

Together, we develop Malaysian Buddhism. May you all be well and happy always. Thank you.