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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.
-- 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.


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.


Page 2 of 177       
We Need Your Help to Train the
Buddhist AI Chat Bot
(Neural Operator for Responsible Buddhist Understanding)

For Malaysians and Singaporeans, please make your donation to the following account:

Account Name: Bodhi Vision
Account No:. 2122 00000 44661
Bank: RHB

The SWIFT/BIC code for RHB Bank Berhad is: RHBBMYKLXXX
Address: 11-15, Jalan SS 24/11, Taman Megah, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Phone: 603-9206 8118

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 and Singaporeans, please make your donation to the following account:

Account Name: Bodhi Vision
Account No:. 2122 00000 44661
Bank: RHB

The SWIFT/BIC code for RHB Bank Berhad is: RHBBMYKLXXX
Address: 11-15, Jalan SS 24/11, Taman Megah, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Phone: 603-9206 8118

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: