Thursday, January 14, 2016

Wait!

We are reflecting...........

on the meaning of sharing these thoughts 

on the impact (if any) of the sharing here




_/\_



(if you have thoughts, pls comment)




Wednesday, November 25, 2015

宗教与和平共存


近日,我有幸由马来西亚伊斯兰理解学院
(IKIM) 主办的研讨会中演说,分享了我对宗教与冲突,宗教与政治问题,及民族主义的看法。同时,我也分享了国际论坛 (BMF)之有关佛教-穆斯林关系的工作以及他们之间的共同价值观与共同的行动。在这次的研讨会,我能向钻研有关佛教-穆斯林关系的知名学者学习,十分受教。期间更是有机会遇见来自世界各地的实践者,对他们跨宗教的理念也感到很鼓舞。我们希望启动宗教的力量,来扮演强而有力的角色,以便发展和维持宗教之间的和平共存。


对着主要来自宗教实践者的来宾,我演讲内容概要如下:

跨宗教,环境与气候变化


 最近, 我有幸在 Dewan Muktamar, Menara Pusat Islam 吉隆坡,马来西亚 “以宗教视角应对环境危机的对谈会” 中,与各宗教信徒进行对话,演说。

Interfaith, Environment & Climate Change


I recently had the opportunity speak at the event Dialogue among Religious Devotees: "Religious Perspectives in Tackling Environmental Crisis."  held at the Dewan Muktamar,Menara Pusat Islam Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

Religion and Peaceful Co-Existence

Had the honour to speak at this seminar organised by the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM) recently.  I shared thoughts on religion and conflict, issues of religion and politics, nationalism.  I also share the shared the work of the International Forum on Buddhist Muslim Relation (BMF)'s shared values and common action. I am also humbled to learn from renowned scholars on Buddhist-Musilm relations, met with inspiring interfaith practitioners from different parts of the world. We hope to activate religion to play a strong role to develop and maintain peaceful coexistence.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Overcoming Extremism and Advancing Peace with Justice

I participated in a high-level Summit of Buddhist - Muslim early this week in Yogjakarta. The Summit was attended by over 30 religious leaders, including ministers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Norway, Sri Lanka and Siam (Thailand).
On-going efforts to develop peace and justice will continue through various platforms, including the International Forum on Buddhist-Muslim Relations (BMF).
Allow me to share the joint statement issues on 4th March 2015.
A HIGH-LEVEL SUMMIT OF BUDDHIST AND MUSLIM LEADERS
Overcoming Extremism and Advancing Peace with Justice
March 3-4, 2015
Yogyakarta and Borobudur Temple, Indonesia ​
hosted by 
Indonesian Buddhist Association (WALUBI) & Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI)
organized by 
International Forum on Buddhist-Muslim Relations (BMF) 
(Core Group: International Network of Engaged Buddhists, International Movement for a Just World, Muhammadiyah & Religions for Peace)

Shared Values and Commitments 
We, Buddhist and Muslim leaders, recognize that our followers have developed together a harmonious relationship, which has become the foundation for building peace and prosperity in many parts of the world. Buddhism and Islam share in their respective scriptures and other canonical texts the importance of holistic and positive peace, which encompasses the notions of inner peace, peace among humans, and peace with nature.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Have a Blessed Wesak


Wishing all a Blessed Wesak

May we find peace in our hearts to be share with all beings


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Monday, April 13, 2015

Statement: ASEAN NEEDS TO ADDRESS RISING INTOLERANCE IN MYANMAR

INEB participated and gave a talk. Other Faith-based organizations were involved. I think religious organization needs to move out and off our spiritual values to bring betterment to society.



10 April 2015

STATEMENT: ASEAN NEEDS TO ADDRESS RISING INTOLERANCE IN MYANMAR

HUMANiTi Malaysia, in partnership with the OIC, KAICIID and ALTSEAN-Burma, convened a roundtable ‘Tolerance in a People-Centred ASEAN’ on 6-7 April 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event brought together diverse stakeholders from the ASEAN region, including representatives of more than 20 national, regional and international non-governmental organisations, to discuss key trends, issues of concern and share approaches to promote tolerance in ASEAN.


Weekend in Bangkok

It was a good weekend in Bangkok and Ayudhaya - inspired with friends and teachers. 

I have been taught the value of live and change. In our lives must be able to bring change for the better - for ourselves, others and our environment _/\_

Thank you

What Next?

Malaysians have been failed.

Failed by BN MPs who continue to govern by repression and fear, with little regard to human rights and dignity, concern only to bulldoze their way through.

Failed by PR MPs who were absent, lacked commitment to the job there were suppose to do.
We are failed by the silly excuses for supporting the act. We are also failed by all the stupid excuses for not being present in parliament to vote the bill.

What next?

I guess I will go back to my meditation cushion, close my eyes, and offer Metta - it's a starting point especially when too much anger and negativity is out there. Yet, I know I cannot sit here for long pretending everything is alright.

What next?

Malaysia uses specious terrorism regress on human rights | World news | The Guardian



Cannot Support Death Penalty, yet.......

Any person or governments that adheres to their faiths that believes in love and forgiveness cannot support the death penalty. I know I can't.

"Governments using the death penalty to tackle crime and security threats are either deceiving themselves and the public or, in some cases, cynically attempting to look effective by executing people. 
But there is no evidence that the threat of execution is more of a deterrent to crime than a prison sentence. This fact has been confirmed in multiple studies in many regions around the world, including by the UN"



Buddhism or Escapism?

Some practice meditation thinking it is Buddhism, but it may just be a another religion called Escapism. Do you know the difference?

(Both are -ism)