Sunday, November 30, 2008

Guiding Hearts: Encompassing the values of life

It was an amazing session where the committees spent 2 fruitful days to brainstorm and also to experiment the mechanics of the coming 30th INCOVAR Dhamma Camp at Kuantan, Pahang. Wow! At Pahang. Beyond boundaries, beyond klang valley. A first time after 22 camps.

The theme of the camp which is so appropriate at our current situation where economic and political turmoil unwind and affects many people across the globe. The values which we acquire through the understanding of the Buddha Dhamma, we exercise with wisdom.

Love, Share, Kind, Content, Mindful.

The five ennobling virtues, derived from the core 5 precepts of the Buddha's teaching which is a guiding rule for us to lead our lives. These rules are not strict stringent rules, but more to a practical practice for our daily cultivation.

In this camp, we come together for the betterment of the tomorrow. A camp focussing on the values of live, making it relevant for ourselves and other. Its all about us and we.

Seeya @ 30th IDC...

From the team........

Sunday, November 23, 2008

New Moon Musical Puja - Enriching Memories of Ladakh

Dear brothers & sisters in the Dhamma,

You're all welcome to this new moon puja at BGF centre. Datuk Dr. Victor Wee, who led a group of Malaysians to visit Mahabodhi centre in Ladakh (northen India) recently will be sharing with us the enriching memories of this trip.

The opportunity to meet Ven Sanghasena & the chance to listen to his sincere, full of wisdom & compassion, frank but funny Dhamma sharing - truly inspiring.

It was during Autumn season, the himalayan mountain range was already partially covered with snow. The scenary of the turquoise Indus river flowing through the valley of the snow capped mountains - simply breathtaking!

Date : 28th November 2008, Friday
Time : 8.30pm
Topic : "Enriching Memories of Ladakh"
Speaker : Datuk Dr. Victor Wee

Feel free to bring along some fruits and flowers for Puja offering. Most importantly, bring your family and friends along to experience a spiritual happy Friday evening.

Buddhist Gem Fellowship
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BGF Centre : 60A Jalan 19/3, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. [

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Have YOU registered for Wacana 2008? Registration is open til 16-Nov!

Dear Friends in the Dhamma,

There is only 2 more days to go and with very limited seats left!

Have YOU registered? We HAVE, because we believe in what we can achieve by coming together for WACANA*!

~ WACANA means "discussion" in Pali term. By coming together to discuss and exchange views and solutions, we can achieve better results in our respective areas and organizations.

If you are still pondering if it is worth the effort of spending a day at Hotel Armada, Petaling Jaya on a beautiful Sunday, 7 December 2008, read on.

WACANA is the most impactful homegrown annual Buddhist conference. It serves as a platform for Buddhist activists to gather and discuss pertinent issues involving Buddhist movement and Dharma propagation in the country and beyond. It also serves to strengthen fellowship and build synergy between Buddhist communities.

With a contemporary theme of "Buddhist Leadership in Malaysia: Vision, Values, Vitality", WACANA 2008 will revisit the development, directions, principles and dynamics of Buddhist leadership in the country.

A line-up of well-respected, knowledgeable and experienced presenters will share views that are relevant to our daily encounters of Buddhist leadership.

"If you think education is expensive, try IGNORANCE!" ~ Derek Bok

Friday, November 07, 2008

the CReativE PublishinG WorKshop is open for ALL volunteers!

Do you have the talent in design but lack the technical skills? Or do you wish to improve your skills in using designing tools like photoshop & illustrator?

Wonder how a fancy poster, or a colourful magazine is created? Where can you put your creativity and innovative mind in good use for your Buddhist group?

Welcome to the
CReativE PublishinG WorKshop!

Date : 22 November 2008 (Saturday)
Duration : 10am - 2pm
Registration : 9.30am
Venue : BGF Centre
Facilitator : Bro. Pevin Yeo

Registration is open to all volunteers from any Buddhist societies, who need to be hands-on to do publishing work or who are willing learn.

Hurry register now through email to by providing these info:
Name? Society? Position? Experience in Publishing? What do you expect to learn from this workshop?

Limited to 30pax. All participants are encourage to bring along their personal laptop with the min specification:
- 1 GB ram (recommended)
- 1 GB free space for software installation
- Windows XP & above
- Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Bridge CS3 installed

Contact sis. Mei Joon for direction to the venue BGF centre. Feel free to bring your potential-designer/publisher friends along. Marketing or publicity committee members from other Buddhist societies are most encouraged to join!

*urrhm, fees u ask? urrhm... not sure how to charge, perhaps by donation of RM10 or any amount up to you. No obligation, just wish more people esp Dhamma workers get to learn the designing skill! We're all thankful for bro. Pevin Yeo to be the trainer for this special hands-on workshop.
As of 15th Nov, we already have 26 pax who'd registered. Registration will be closed soon. Please be informed that you are responsible for your own software installation.


Buddhist Leadership in Malaysia
Vision, Values, Vitality

A Buddhist leader is not our everyday leader. With the Buddha as our ultimate benchmark, much is expected from the leaders of our community. The Buddhist leader is the torch-bearer of the Dhamma and Sasana, thus he or she should be able, upright and selfless.

WACANA 2008 shall discuss the main elements of Buddhist leadership, that is, its vision, values and vitality. We shall define and reaffirm the critical role of the Buddhist leader in charting the growth and development of Buddha-Sasana, address the ideals and realities or our leadership, and contemplate the means to cultivate future visionary leaders.

WACANA 2008 is jointly organized by Nalanda Institute, Buddhist Gem Fellowship, and the Buddhist Maha Vihara. It is specially catered for Buddhist community leaders, activists, Dhamma propagators and any Sangha members and lay Buddhists who are keen in the subject of leadership development in the country.

In conjunction with the event, The 2008 Nalanda Awards will be conferred by the Nalanda Institute to pay tribute to lay Buddhists who displayed exceptional and exemplary leadership qualities in their respective areas of expertise. These individuals have worked tirelessly and contributed enormously in promoting and preserving the vision, values and vitality of Buddhism.

Be part of this gathering of Buddhist community leaders and activists at WACANA 2008 to discuss these pertinent leadership issues affecting the future of our community! To participate, please complete the online registration form before 16 November 2008.

Click here for more info & registration form :

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

"Guiding Hearts : Encompassing the Values of Life"

INCOVAR is proud to present... the exciting 30th INCOVAR Dhamma Camp, to be held in Pahang Buddhist Association, Kuantan from the 11th - 14th December 2008.

In this 30th installment, the camp themed "Guiding Hearts : Encompassing the Values of Life" will explore the guiding rules of the five precepts (Panca Sila), by concentrating on providing a positive focus for the participants to reflect upon. Utilizing elements from the five ennobling virtues (Panca Charita) which complements the values of the five precepts, participants can derive the core values which will challenge and guide them in their personal growth and practices in daily life.

Camp Features : Experiential learning workshops, Dhamma dynamics, prominent speakers and a network of local & international undergrads.

For further info & online registration, please visit and hurry register before closing date 23rd November 2008.

The camp fee of RM75 *so affordable?* is inclusive of meals, accomodation, camp t-shirt and camp materials. Transportation to Kuantan can be arranged with the organising committees.

For enquiries & transport arrangement, kindly contact :
.: Bro. Michael Lim @ 6 012-567 8023 (Penang/Northen region)
.: Bro. Chin Suey @ 6 012-357 2066 (all other parts of Malaysia)
.: Sis.
Xiao Thoong @ 6 012-243 4105 (international)

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