Chat Bots and the Changing Face of Dharma Learning

by Kooi F. Lim, The Buddhist Channel, 22 August 2023

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Dharma learning has always been synonymous with knowledgeable individuals imparting wisdom to eager learners. In murals portraying the turning of the Dharma wheel (Dhammacakkapavatana), one typically observes a seated Buddha teaching His initial five disciples.


Dharma Transmission Through Nature and Culture

by Kooi F. Lim, The Buddhist Channel, 17 August 2023

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Within Buddhism, the term "tathāgatagarbha" carries the profound concept of "Buddha nature," signifying the inherent potential for any sentient being to attain Buddhahood. Rooted in linguistic origins, tathāgatagarbha denotes the "womb" or "embryo" (garbha) of the "thus-gone" (tathāgata), suggesting an essence containing the potential of a Buddha.


How is NORBU doing?

The Buddhist Channel, 12 August 2023

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- It has been just 17 days since it's soft launch, but NORBU - the first ever Buddhist chatbot - has taken the Buddhist world by storm! From its experimental start, with some basic data sources used to train the bot, it has grown within a very short space to include 236 sources, which include teachings from all three major Buddhist traditions, namely Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. All the source data used have been verified as right, correct and accurate.


How to use NORBU

The Buddhist Channel, 26 July 2023

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Two days ago, on 24 July 2023, the Buddhist Channel attained a significant step towards enhancing user experience and fostering knowledge exchange within our community. On that day, we integrated and activated what is probably the world's first Buddhist LLM AI Chat Bot.


The Buddhist Channel wishes its readers a blessed Vesakha and Buddha Purnima 2567 BE

The Buddhist Channel, 5 May, 2023

Publication of a special poem dedicated to our readers and all those who profess the Buddhist faith. May we all benefit from our Dharma practice so that all beings shall benefit from our love, kindness and compassion.


The Middle Path of Crying

by Kumāra Bhikkhu, The Buddhist Channel, 28 April 2023

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- When we are overwhelmed by emotion, crying is normal and human. However, some people make the matter complicated.


We Need Your Help to Train the
Buddhist AI Chat Bot
(Neural Omniscient Robotic-Being for Buddhist Understanding)

For Malaysians who wants to donate in MYR, please use the following account:

Account Name: Bodhi Vision
Account No:. 2122 00000 44661
Bank: RHB
Note: Please indicate your name in the payment slip. Thank you.

Dear Friends in the Dharma,

We seek your generous support to help us train NORBU, the word's first Buddhist AI Chat Bot.

Here are some ways you can contribute to this noble cause:

One-time Donation or Loan: A single contribution, regardless of its size, will go a long way in helping us reach our goal and make the Buddhist LLM a beacon of wisdom for all.

How will your donation / loan be used? Download the NORBU White Paper for details.

For Malaysians who wants to donate in MYR, please use the following account:

Account Name: Bodhi Vision
Account No:. 2122 00000 44661
Bank: RHB
Note: Please indicate your purpose of payment (loan or donation) in the payment slip. Thank you.

Once payment is banked in, please send the payment slip via email to: Your donation/loan will be published and publicly acknowledged on the Buddhist Channel.

Spread the Word: Share this initiative with your friends, family and fellow Dharma enthusiasts. Join "Friends of Norbu" at: Together, we can build a stronger community and create a positive impact on a global scale.

Volunteer: If you possess expertise in AI, natural language processing, Dharma knowledge in terms of Buddhist sutras in various languages or related fields, and wish to lend your skills, please contact us. Your knowledge and passion could be invaluable to our project's success.

Your support is part of a collective effort to preserve and disseminate the profound teachings of Buddhism. By contributing to the NORBU, you become a "virtual Bodhisattva" to make Buddhist wisdom more accessible to seekers worldwide.

Thank you for helping to make NORBU a wise and compassionate Buddhist Chatbot!

May you be blessed with inner peace and wisdom,

With deepest gratitude,

Kooi F. Lim
On behalf of The Buddhist Channel Team

Note: To date, we have received the following contributions for NORBU:
US$ 75 from Gary Gach (Loan)
US$ 50 from Chong Sim Keong
MYR 300 from Wilson Tee
MYR 500 from Lim Yan Pok
MYR 50 from Oon Yeoh
MYR 200 from Ooi Poh Tin
MYR 300 from Lai Swee Pin
MYR 100 from Ong Hooi Sian
MYR 1,000 from Fam Sin Nin
MYR 500 from Oh teik Bin
MYR 300 from Yeoh Ai Guat
MYR 300 from Yong Lily
MYR 50 from Bandar Utama Buddhist Society
MYR 1,000 from Chiam Swee Ann
MYR 1,000 from Lye Veei Chiew
MYR 1,000 from Por Yong Tong
MYR 80 from Lee Wai Yee
MYR 500 from Pek Chee Hen
MYR 300 from Hor Tuck Loon
MYR 1,000 from Wise Payments Malaysia Sdn Bhd
MYR 200 from Teo Yen Hua
MYR 500 from Ng Wee Keat
MYR 10,000 from Chang Quai Hung, Jackie (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from K. C. Lim & Agnes (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from Juin & Jooky Tan (Loan)
MYR 100 from Poh Boon Fong (on behalf of SXI Buddhist Students Society)
MYR 10,000 from Fam Shan-Shan (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from John Fam (Loan)
MYR 500 from Phang Cheng Kar
MYR 100 from Lee Suat Yee
MYR 500 from Teo Chwee Hoon (on behalf of Lai Siow Kee)
MYR 200 from Mak Yuen Chau

We express our deep gratitude for the support and generosity.

If you have any enquiries, please write to: