Sunday, September 7, 2014

Reflections on Charity

Charity is good but not enough. Charity, in too may cases charity has become a tool for self-promotion and marketing (for corporations). Some are even making money on the process of charity. 

Yet, we continue to indulge in this - why?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Have we lost our spiritual and moral bearings?

Have we lost our spiritual and moral bearings?
A brief reflection on 57 years of independence.



I was browsing the news the day after Merdeka celebrations, this news caught my attention. The news of the arrest of a prominent academic and earlier, political leaders (mostly opposition)  under the Sedition Act 1948. This news seemed to have overshadowed the festivities of the celebrations.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sri Lankan Government: Take Urgent Action to Stop Attacks on Muslims

Here's statement signed by 250 concerned individuals and organisations from across the world together with the update on events we attached with the statement.

Sri Lankan Government: Take Urgent Action to Stop Attacks on Muslims
 

We the undersigned organizations, individuals and members of Sri Lankan and international civil society condemn in the strongest possible terms the latest wave of horrific violence led by the extreme right-wing Sinhala Buddhist organisation, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS – The Buddhist Power Force)against the Muslim community of south-western Sri Lanka in the towns of Aluthgama, Beruwala, Velipenna and Dharga Town.
 

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Extreme Middle Path

I know we are suppose to be followers of the middle-path. 

Sometimes, we need to be "extreme" followers of the middle-path.  
I cannot help but to post this :-)   Enjoy!

Kammaṭṭhāna first came to international prominence in 1997, when five of its members boarded a New York City subway car and held 42 hostages in a state of transcendent serenity for seven hours while performing atonal syllabic chants. The group then claimed responsibility for a severe 2004 outbreak of interconnectedness in central London, later traced to a 23-year-old Kammaṭṭhāna sleeper cell operative who sat cross-legged in Trafalgar Square and read aloud from The Gateless Gate collection of 13th-century Zen koans.



Read on, click on the image above



Sunday, June 15, 2014

We Are Recruiting!






Beyond Buddhism aims to be a an e-Buddhist platform for social change. It hopes to harness the energies and strengths of the internet to achieve this aim. As such, we are looking for dynamic, idealistic and highly motivated individuals to fill these positions:
  1. Stringer/Reporter/Contributor
    We are looking for individuals who are keen to report and publish activities and opinions on spiritual and social change agenda. We are looking for writers, photographers and / or videographers. Amateurs and students of journalism are encouraged to apply.  

  2. Webmaster/Information Coordinator
    We are looking for part-time/full-time/volunteer. We run our website and social media presence and aim to build on this presence strongly. If you have an inclination, interest or passion to see a strong online presence of a socially engaged Buddhist perspective, please contact us.

  3. Volunteers
    We are looking for volunteers who need to from time-to-time assist in our activities. Undergraduates are encouraged to apply. 


Depending on the projects, you may require travelling. Renumeration to be discussed.
For more information, please write in with your contact details to info@samma-ajiva.net.

Buddhism and National Unity?

Malaysia is facing a social crisis in some ways attributed to interfaith relations or lack of it.  It is not a problem about Islam and Muslims although they seem to be in the center of the media both social and mainstream. The discussion on the proposed implementation of Hudud, and other interfaith-related issues has generated a lot of discussions. Sadly, there are more anger than real discussions.

Picture Source : YBAM Facebook Page 

Dr David Loy: Speaks at the BGF on Buddhism and Consumerism (2012)


Here is another talk (re-uploaded) where Dr David Loy talked about Buddhism, economic, the corporation and the 99%. This was delivered at the Buddhist Gem Fellowship (BGF) in Malaysia.



Talk by Dr David Loy: Nalanda 2012

Dr David Loy, spoke here about 2 years ago. His message is clear to us - we need to be spiritually AND socially awaken. (re-uploaded)




Saturday, June 14, 2014

Let's Debate Hudud (updated)

This is a very interesting and positive move.

I applaud the decision of the Hon Speaker of the Selangor State Assembly to allow the motion raised by UMNO, to discuss implementing the Islamic penal code, or Hudud. Perhaps the Parliament can take a cue from the Selangor state assembly.


In a time when the conversations from kopi-tiams  (coffee shops) to the internet of this topic is so clouded with negative emotions, clear, informative and knowledgeable discussion will be welcomed. I am sure our state law-makers have the capability to conduct and deliver high-level of debates and discussions.  (I do sincerely hope so).


Friday, June 13, 2014

There Must be a Better Way!

There must be a better ways than raiding funerals, raiding weddings or intruding into sacred spaces of others. There must be a better way than the need to display power and authority.




Monday, June 9, 2014

Understanding Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity with Kindness: A Forum on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues (6th July 2014)

INCLUSIVENESS. This is something that we encourage greatly, especially when embracing the spirit and practice of taking Refuge in the Sangha. Kudos to the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia, Buddhist Missionary Society of Malaysia (BMSM) and the Kuala Lumpur Buddhist Mental Health Association for putting together this event. Let's hope the dialogue continues with understanding and appreciation of one another.

Understanding Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity with Kindness:
A Forum on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues


 

Date : 6th July 2014 (Sunday)
Time : 2.00-4.30pm
Venue : Samadhi Vihara, Shah Alam



Penalists: Ayasma Kumara Bhikkhu, Dr Keng Shian Ling, Jellene Eva, Pang Khee Teik,
Angela M. Kuga Thas &
Dr Phang Cheng Kar (Moderator)


Friday, May 30, 2014

"We weren't attacked by Muslims, We were attacked by sociopaths"

This is an interesting show, this is an interesting episode. While we are aware this is only a show, the message is clear. We sometimes look for blame outside but we refuse to see ourselves for what have done.




This episode reflects a very real situation where the tendency for religious people tend not to accept its wrongdoing is real. They blame other religions.

We need to ask ourselves if we are part of the solution to resolve the violence around us or have we become part of the problem.

Or..... much worse, we don't care - because it is not my problem?