World Buddhist Conference in Malaysia

By Majorie Chiew, The Star, September 21, 2010

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- MALAYSIA will host one of the modern world’s most recognised Vietnamese Buddhist monk and Zen master, Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, and eight other acclaimed teachers and scholars of Buddhism at the World Buddhist Conference this weekend (Sept 25-26)at Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur.

<< Well known Dharma Master Thich Nhat Hanh will be delivering a talk at the World Buddhist Conference in Malaysia 

Nhat Hanh, who will be in Malaysia for the first time, will deliver his keynote address, Living In Harmony: When Things Fall Apart. He will share his experiences on how one can continue to live in peace and harmony even when things go wrong.

Considered one of the most influential Buddhist teachers in the world, Nhat Hanh is based in France where he established the Plum Village Buddhist community.

He has written well over 85 titles of poems, prose and prayers, with more than 40 of them in English. All his writings are practical applications of mind techniques that is said to help one understand the mind better in order to remain calm and peaceful.

Three leading Buddhist organisations – Buddhist Gem Fellowship, Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia and Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia – supported by eight other Buddhist groups, are the organisers of the conference.

Aimed at ordinary Buddhists wishing to seek advice on how to lead peaceful and stress-free lives, the conference is expected to draw about 800 participants. One can explore how basic Buddhist concepts can change the way of looking at life to experience true happiness.

Among the speakers is Ven Wei Wu from Than Hsiang Temple in Penang, who set up the Than Hsiang Foundation in Malaysia and Thailand, and the International Buddhist College in Hatyai, Thailand. He is also involved in many welfare projects such as kindergartens and orphanages throughout the country.

Other speakers include Ven Tenzin Zopa from Nepal, who is a resident teacher at Losang Dragpa Centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. He is the subject of the documentary, The Unmistaken Child, about his search for his reincarnated teacher Lama Konchog.

Speakers from the West include Dr Joan Halifax, an internationally-acclaimed anthropologist, and the founder and abbot of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Zen master Ven Tejadhammo, a pioneer in hospice work in Sydney, Australia; Dr David Loy, scholar practitioner from the United States and co-founder of the Buddhist Global Relief; Ven Thubten Chodron, a well-known author and teacher from Washington; Dr Tan Eng Kong, a Malaysian-born psychiatrist and psychotherapist now based in Australia; and Anchalee Kurutach, who has worked with refugees for over 20 years in her native Thailand and the United States.

Registration fee is RM360 per person (inclusive of meals and refreshments). Full-time students receive a discount. Participation for Sangha members is free but prior registration is required.

For details, go to, e-mail or call 03-7804 9154/7.

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