First Theravāda Bhikkhunī Sīmā established in Malaysia

The Buddhist Channel, 9 May 2024

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- On 23 April 2024, at 3.12pm on Uposatha full moon, 17 esteemed bhikkhunīs from Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia and Thailand declared and successfully demarcated the first Theravāda Bhikkhunī Sīmā* for the first Malaysian Theravāda Bhikkhunī Nunnery and Dhamma Training Centre  led by Venerable Sumangala Bhikkhunī,  the pioneer and Abbess of Ariya Vihara. . The demarcation of the sīmā was done with specific steps and considerations in accordance with the Dhamma-Vinaya.

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Lama who helped Seventeenth Karmapa escape Tibet makes private visit to Malaysia

By Kooi F. Lim, The Buddhist Channel, 8 May 2024

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Lama Tsewang Rinpoche, the founder of Danang Foundation and more renowned as the one “who engineered the escape of the Seventeenth Karmapa from Tibet", made a quiet visit to Malaysia and paid courtesy calls to some of his close friends here.

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Penang Buddhist Association, the temple with a Malaysian identity

by Cyril Aruno, The Buddhist Channel, 29 April 2024

Georgetown, Penang (Malaysia) -- Penang, an island with a rich tapestry of ethnic groups, has been a hub of cultural diversity since its inception as a British settlement in 1786, formerly known as Prince of Wales Island.

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Thailand launches state of the art digital centre to promote Buddhism

The Buddhist Channel, 30 March 2024

Bangkok, Thailand -- On March 20, 2024, at the request of Thailand National Center for The Dissemination of Buddhism and National Buddhist Strategic Deployment, the newly created Digital Buddhism Research & Innovation Center, built by NetDragon Digital (Department of religion), was launched.

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Revered Cambodian monk Tep Vong dies at 93

The Buddhist Channel, 26 March 2024

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Samdech Preah Agga Maha Sangharajadhipati Tep Vong, a senior monk who is also the Great Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia’s Buddhist Sangha, has died. He was 93.

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Ancient discovery illuminates Malaysia’s rich past

The Buddhist Channel, 16 March 2024

Archaeologists uncover evidence of Malaysia’s historical significance as a vibrant trading hub. Kedah, Malaysia - - Residents of Bukit Choras, nestled amidst rice fields near a verdant hill in northwest Malaysia, recently discovered an archaeological marvel in their midst.

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Thailand: Millions throng to pay homage to Holy Relics of Buddha and two of His Chief Disciples

The Buddhist Channel, 4 March 2024

Sanam Luang, Thailand -- The "Ganga-Mekong Holy Relics Dhammayatra" (pilgrimage) from India to Thailand were put on display for public view in Thailand for the first time in 30 years.

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Buddhist Maha Vihara, Sanctuary of Peace and Wisdom in Spiritual Kuala Lumpur

by Kooi F. Lim, The Buddhist Channel, 29 Feb 2024

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- In heart of Jalan Berhala (Temple Road), where churches, mosque and Hindu temples lined its street, a grand temple - the Buddhist Maha Vihara - stands as a beacon of the Buddhist faith. As one steps through its "Sanchi inspired" gates, they are embraced by a sense of calm, a refuge from the frenetic pace of this modern city.

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After 30 yrs, Buddha relics to travel to Thailand

by Parvez Sultan, New Indian Express, 21 Feb 2024

The last time the relics were taken out of the country was in May 2023, when they were exhibited at an exposition in Mongolia.
NEW DELHI, India
-- Four bone fragments of Lord Buddha, also known as Kapilvastu Relics, presently kept in the National Museum, will be taken to Thailand on Thursday after about 30 years. They will be displayed in four cities including Bangkok and Krabi, where people will pay their obeisance to the sacred remnants.

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IBC Sec-Gen gets a glimpse of innovative Malaysian Buddhist projects

The Buddhist Channel, 6 Feb 2024

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- On 3 February 2024, a significant dialogue took place between Malaysian Buddhists and the recently appointed Secretary General of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), Khensur Rinpoche Jangchup Choeden. Hosted at the Sri Jayanti Buddhist temple in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, the gathering also saw the presence of its chief monk, Bhante B. Sri Saranankara Nayaka Maha Thero.

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