28 September 2010

25 & 26 September 2010 - World Buddhist Conference

This two-day conference concluded successfully on 26 September 2010 at Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur. There was a big turnout for this Buddhist event of which the participants were from twelve different countries.

The theme “Living in Harmony When Things Fall Apart” was aptly titled as there is an increasing widespread interest in this subject area.  The topics discussed in the conference were inclusive, all-ranging from the personal context of managing relationships, engaging society and to the collective effort in protecting the biosphere that we live in.

Various Buddhist tenets were mentioned and discussed to offer participants different approaches to look at life so that one can be at ease even in the most challenging time.

The delegation of twenty-three from Nalanda with the organisers of the conference. 
(Not in the photo: Bro. Aggavamsa, Sis. Felicia, Sis. Visakha and Bro. Choong Li)
Keynote address by Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh: Our right and left hands work together harmoniously without the sense of superiority or inferiority.  They show us the wisdom of non-discrimination.
Mr. Vijaya (Director of Nalanda Institute Malaysia), is the moderator of Session II:
Managing Relationships, received a souvenir from Datuk Dr. Victor Wee.
Dr. HS Tan (Founding Director of Nalanda Institute Malaysia) was chairing Session III: Engaging Society.  The panelists were Dr. Roshi Joan Halifax (seated at the far left), Ven. Thubten Chodron,
and Ms. Anchalee Kurutach (on the right).

A group photo of the event organisers, presenters and moderators.

We thank the conference organisers, presenters, moderators, participants, volunteers and sponsors who made this two-day conference an enjoyable and memorable one.  Thank you very much.

Dhamma talk "Integrating Faith With Wisdom" by Ven. Tejadhammo Bhikkhu
28 September, Tuesday, 8.30pm
Bandar Utama Buddhist Society

Dhamma talk "The Suffering of Self" by Dr. David R. Loy
29 September, Wednesday, 8.30pm
Shah Alam Buddhist Society