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Theravada Buddhism had existed in Malaysia for centuries among the Thai ethnic community that lived along the peninsula's northern border with Thailand.
Theravada Buddhism only began to have a significant impact on the Chinese Malaysian community early this century as a result of a curious combination of causes.
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 Malaysian Theravada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As a result, Theravada Buddhism captured the hearts of a large section of the English-speaking public.
This center is closely associated with many Chinese Malaysian monks particularly those that pursue the path of meditative practice.
He established the Buddhist Hermitage in the northern village of Lunas, one of the first monasteries to be set up by Malaysian bhikkhus.
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 Our Founder: Sulak Sivaraksa - www.sulak-sivaraksa.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In the context of the wider Malaysian society where religion often forms the basis ethnic differentiation, perhaps it is not an understatement to say that Buddhism, especially of the Theravada kind, underscores and defines Siamese ethnicity in the same way Islam is to Malay ethnicity.
As a minority group, the Siamese have adopted various strategies to ensure the survival and persistence of Theravada Buddhism in the local context, including the use of Malay kingship as the symbol of Buddhist religious protector, the confinement of Buddhist religious evangelism to non-Malays and the appeal to the Chinese for financial and material support.
The party, a dominant partner in the Malaysian ruling coalition government, was originally set up exclusively for Malay membership, but the recent opening of its doors to the Siamese proves their acceptance as almost equal in status to indigenous Malays.
www.sulak-sivaraksa.org /web/pub3126.php?print=1   (8988 words)

 Amarasara - Theravada Buddhist Centres & Information
Bodhinyanarama [Wellington NZ] - Bodhinyanarama is a monastic residence of the Theravada tradition of Buddhism 29 kms from Wellington, New Zealand.
Dhammaduta - The Theravada Bhikkhu Sangha - The purpose of this web-page is to document the continuing drama, as Bhikkhus of the Theravada lineage continue this mission of bringing the Dhamma to new lands.
Theravada is a Buddhist sect which tries to maintain the Buddhist scriptures and traditions as they are without any attempt to add, modify or cut off certain part of them.
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 Buddhism / buddhism by region / malaysian buddhism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
There are also a small number of other indigenous and immigrants; among the latter are Malaysians of Sinhalese, Thai, and Eurasian origin.
Recently, a number of Malaysian Buddhist leaders have responded to the decline in religious participation by the children of Buddhist families, have attempted to reformulate their message to address modern life more directly.
An initiative has also begun to form a Malaysian Buddhist Council, representing the various sects of Buddhism in the country to extend the work of the development of Buddhism, especially in giving contemporary relevance to the practise of the religion, as well as to promote solidarity among Buddhists in general.
www.buddhism-guide.com /buddhism/malaysian_buddhism.htm   (552 words)

 Theravada or Mahayana - Asia Finest Discussion Forum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Theravada (small load, or small boat in Chinese) is practiced in southern asia and is the official religion of Thailand.
According to theravada, the original teachings of the buddha has not been changed at all in theravada.
Theravada (Pali; Sanskrit: Sthaviravada) is one of the eighteen (or twenty) Nikāya schools that formed early in the history of Buddhism.
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 A Worm's Perspectives ...: May 2006   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Theravada Buddhism is the oldest form of Buddhism that originated thousands of years ago in India.
Theravada Buddhism is practised in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos.
Theravada Buddhists believe in Nibbana, which is enlightenment and the cessation of all sufferings – the highest spiritual goal one can attain.
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 VIEW: Temple destruction a loss for Malaysian identity —Farish A Noor | American Buddhist Net
The emphasis of this school of Islamic norms and praxis has been on bringing to foreground the civilisational aspect of Islam as a way of life that is tolerant, plural, dynamic and sensitive to the needs of the times.
Most importantly it has to be remembered that in the constitution of the Malaysian nation and its identity, Hinduism is not something ulterior, alien or foreign to the country.
The Hindu temples of Malaysia are part of the things that make Malaysia what it is. For that reason Malaysians of all races and religions should decry the demolition of these buildings as destruction of their culture.
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 Buddha, Bodhisattva and Arahat - China History Forum, chinese history forum
In Theravada Buddhism, this is usually the highest level of enlightenment that people can achieve or it is the ideal that people strive to achieve.
I guess one of the main differences that people always cite about Theravada and Mahayana is the focus on individual salvation for the Theravadans and the emphasis of salvation for all sentient beings in the Mahayana tradition.
But for me, I sometimes cannot accept the view from Theravada that Arahat is the highest goal that one can achieve, and one is not able to become a Buddha, which is probably why I'm more attracted to chinese Mahayana practice.
www.chinahistoryforum.com /index.php?showtopic=1320&st=15   (2918 words)

 Buddhist Channel | Europe | The Malaysian connection
Indeed, the 52-year-old bhikkhu feels that some of the temple’s Malaysian devotees born in Britain are “even more English than me”.
The temple ground was a hive of activity as a handful of Malaysians joined the majority of Sri Lankan and Thai communities in the day-long celebrations.
Among them was Malaysian IT software consultant Sharon Chan, who has taken part in the temple’s kathina celebrations every year since 2000.
www.buddhistchannel.tv /index.php?id=3,1881,0,0,1,0   (803 words)

Activity of the Theravada and that of another school (probably the Sarvastivada)...
In the 11th century the entire country was converted to Theravada under the rule of King Anaratha.
The Theravada gradually assimilated the indigenous folk belief in spirits called nats and gave it a Buddhist sense.
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This belief is practiced by millions of Malaysians across Malaysia and across the world.
Buddhism was the earliest Malaysian religion to surface.
Followers of Theravada Buddhism are located mainly in the northern part of the country, in the States of Kedah, Perlis and Kelantan.
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 theCICAK » Explaining the myths and truths of Buddhism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Theravada school is dominant in Sri Lanka and India.
The Theravada school, also known as the ‘Small Wheel’, believes that the attainment of nirvana depends entirely on an individual’s own efforts, and so they do not have the concept of Bodhisattvas which are able to assist them in doing so.
Theravada Buddhism is also more ’spartan’ and ‘introspective’, while Mahayana Buddhism generally has more elaborate temples and celebrations and tend to engage with society more actively.
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 Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary - Eastern Horizon Interviews Venerable Aggacitta
For Theravada Buddhists, Sasana is an abbreviation of Buddhasasana [the Buddha's Teaching], which is basically three-fold: to study, practise and realise the Dhammavinaya.
If, as young Theravada Buddhists, we Malaysians must copy customs and traditions, we should do so at the very roots, rather than after several centuries and generations of cultural adaptation and transformation.
Hopefully, a new breed of learned Malaysian monks may be inspired to produce innovative interpretations of the Vinaya that not only conform to the scriptural tradition, but also contribute to the evolution of a Malaysian Theravada Buddhist identity.
www.sasanarakkha.org /news/EHinterv.htm   (1410 words)

A Maha Sanghikadana in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting of the Malaysian Buddhist Sangha Association (M.B.S.A.) was recently held in the Multipurpose Hall of Than Hsiang Temple.
Sangha members of the Theravada Tradition led a chant of sutra at 11.00am, and this was followed by the chanting of verses of offering by the venerable sirs of the Mahayana Tradition.
Chek Huang, President of the M.B.S.A and chairman of the Malaysian Buddhist Association, then gave a short dharma talk in Mandarin on the importance of filial piety and the practices of good Buddhists.
www.thanhsiang.org /eng/ezine/html/news/2003/july/mahas(august).html   (1026 words)

 Feature   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Perhaps, Hindu social and patriarchal hierarchy must have had a big impact on the Theravada institutions as was the case with the caste system within the Theravada society.
It is no wonder the majority of the Malaysian Chinese who have converted from Buddhism to other religions are from the national medium or English educated compared to the Chinese educated who tend to hold on to their religion, culture and language.
This phenomenon was also noticed in Sri Lanka in the 19th and 20th centuries when comparing the mass conversion to Christianity among the English educated Sinhalese to the Sinhala educated and English educated from Buddhist institutes of learning.
www.dailynews.lk /2005/09/17/fea05.htm   (3559 words)

 ubiquitous & elusive: in quest of theravada
I am consequently asking if, how, why, and/or to what extent in the "Bauddha" context this term (re)presents itself as a signatory to the concept of "religion" – or something near to it – as is generically furnished accreditation in the western academic milieu.
The only participant even coming close to him was the shy and unassuming "postmodern" Australian-based Malaysian monk/researcher Choong Mun-keat, author of The Notion of Emptiness in Early Buddhism.
Paper delivered at the conference Exploring Theravada Studies: Intellectual Trends and the Future of a Field of Study, organized by the Asia Research Institute, on 12-14 August 2004, at the National University of Singapore.
in-quest-of-theravada.blogspot.com   (2259 words)

 Tourism Malaysia : About Us : Culture and Heritage : People   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Their conversion to Islam from Hinduism and Theravada Buddhism began in the 1400s, largely influenced by the decision of the royal court of Melaka.
Mostly descendents of Chinese immigrants during the 19th century, the Chinese are known for their diligence and keen business sense.
The three sub-groups who speak a different dialect of the Chinese language are the Hokkien who lives predominantly on the northern island of Penang; the Cantonese who lives predominantly in the capital city Kuala Lumpur; and the Mandarin-speaking group who lives predominantly in the southern state of Johor. /consumer/about/culture.asp   (905 words)

 Life Story   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The objective of the novitiate programme is to provide the Malaysian Buddhists an opportunity to experience life as a monk.
This augurs well for the Malaysian Buddhist community as it marks the beginning of an indigenous Sangha for the country.
In 1980, a higher ordination ceremony of Venerable Sukita Dhamma (African American) was conducted at the Chapter House of the International Buddhist Pagoda at the temple by Venerable Dhammananda.
www.ksridhammananda.com /life_1.htm   (4063 words)

 Buddhist Tradition
Bodhinyanarama, or the Garden of Enlightened Knowing, is a monastic residence of the Theravada tradition of Buddhism.
The Forest Way Insight Meditation Center is a Theravada Buddhist Center offering retreats which focus on the practice of insight meditation, loving-kindness, and the application of mindfulness to everyday life.
A Buddhist sanctuary in Malaysia for the training of Theravada Buddhist monks in theory and practice of the Dhammavinaya.
www.asphaton.com /meditation-buddhist-tradition.html   (3648 words)

 Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary... Groundwork for a Malaysian Theravada Buddhist Identity
As a modern response to ancient hopes, the curriculum of SBS offers a unique blend of theory and practice, oriented towards inspiring a new breed of Malaysian Theravada monks to help protect the Buddha Sasana from decline in learning, morals and meditative wisdom.
The proposed Sanctuary is envisioned by Venerable Aggacitta, a Malaysian born and bred in Penang.
In pursuit of the pure Theravada teachings, he journeyed to Myanmar and Thailand, where he underwent rigorous study and training for 15 years.
www.sasanarakkha.org   (1561 words)

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In the spirit of Venerable Mahamahinda's exposition, a group of Malaysian Buddhists, led by Venerable Aggacitta, embarked on an ambitious national project to set up Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS) , a training centre for local Theravada Buddhist monks.
The candidate is, Balacitta Samanera, a Malaysian who has fulfilled the stringent requirement of SBS for bhikkhu ordination, that is to stay as a postulant observing the eight precepts for one year, then as a samanera for a period deemed suitable by the abbot.
The SBS has cordially invited all Malaysian Buddhists to witness the historic sprouting of the Sasana root.
www.buddhistnews.tv /current/sbs-050804.php   (594 words)

 The Other Malaysia - Those are Malaysian Temples We Are Destroying
Secondly the recognition of the Malaysian character of these temples would mean recognising that Hinduism has been and remains part of the cultural fabric of Malaysian society, and is not some alien faith and cultural system that was transplanted to the country yesterday while we were all sleeping.
Thirdly, the defence of these temples should be seen by all Malaysians as a Malaysian concern, and not that of the Hindus of Malaysia solely or exclusively.
The systematic destruction of the spiritual landscape of Malaysia should therefore be seen as a Malaysian concern, for all Malaysians; and this should not be pathologised as simply a ‘Hindu’ problem, or worse still, an ‘Indian problem’.
www.othermalaysia.org /content/view/52/48   (1221 words)

 Where Malaysians Speak up!- Your Population Malaysia information guide.
Background Info on the Malaysian People The term "Malaysian" (or "Malayan") denotes the population of Malaysia and the Malay Archipelago.
These modern Malaysians make up almost 60% of the current population of Malaysia, with immigrant Chinese accounting for another 30%, and immigrants from Indian and Pakistan another 10%.
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The annual event, to give offerings to monks and nuns (sangha) from the Buddhist Mahayana and Theravada traditions, was organised in conjunction with MBSA's annual general meeting on Sunday morning.
According to MBSA Maha Sanghikadana working committee chairman Saw Kok Oon, proceeds from last year's event were donated to the MBSA Educational Committee.
He added that the number of young Buddhist studying at these institutes were increasing and some of them even joined the sangha while studying.
www.thanhsiang.org /eng/ezine/html/news/2004/july/mahas04.htm   (325 words)

Today, the Malaysian Dutch descendants exist as a forgotten Eurasian subgroup that seems to be on an eventual collision course with oblivion.
The 2005 Amendments were seen to streamline the inequities of law for the Muslim population among the individual Malaysian states, but according to Sisters in Islam they have instead intensified the vulnerability of Muslim women in marriage.
They are proud of being Malaysians and despite their Chinese traditions and ties to British culture, they are most at home in Malaysia.
www.malaysianculturegroup.com /oldnewsl/naug06.htm   (6513 words)

 Buddhist News Network - Archive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The successive kings and governments of the Union of Myanmar always encourage and support the noble task of purification, perpetuation and propagation of genuine Theravada Buddhism at home and abroad.
More and more pagodas, shrines, monasteries and other religious buildings can be witnessed throughout the country during the time of the Government of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar from 18 September 1988 up to now.
Similarly, two State Pariyatti Sasana Universities, one International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University and other Monastic Institutions have been already established as higher learning centres of Theravada Buddhism Leading to the purification, perpetuation and propagation of the Theravada Buddhism all over the world.
www.buddhistnews.tv /articles2001/myanmar290601.php   (368 words)

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