Date: 10/24/06 14:58:29
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The Malaysian Buddhist Coordination Committee
Do Not Support "The Relics Expo of the Buddha& His Chief Disciples"
The Malaysian Buddhist Coordination Committee has called for a meeting on 15 October, 2006 to discuss on The Relics Expo of the Buddha and His Chief Disciples organised by the Kuala Lumpur Gelugpa Buddhist Association (Malaysia).** The meeting has unanimously adopted that the Malaysian Buddhist Coordination Committee (MBCC) do not support The Relics Expo of the Buddha and His Chief Disciples?
[ ** Notes by bb @ CAS of T_A Chenrezig: This organization did not obtain the blessings, recognition or permission of HH the Dalai Lama and / or HH the 100th Ganden Trisur Rinpoche -- Official Head Emeritus of the Gelugpa Tradition as a Buddhist center of the Gelugpa tradition. HH the Dalai Lama and HH the 100th Ganden Trisur Rinpoche, advise against and forbid certain prime practices of this organization, specifically, the worship of a worldly spirit: dolgyal-shugden. This organization is, therefore, not an authentic Gelugpa center in spite of its self-branding as one.  ]      
The Buddha relics are the remains of Buddha and it is highly respected among the Buddhists. As The Buddha relic are so precious that any discovery of Buddha relics would get worldly attention and it must be verified by the archaeologist repeatedly. When the huge amount of the relics appears in the eyes of public out of a sudden, we are reserved on its genuineness. Besides, we have more doubts with the various names given to the different type of relics.
Buddhism is a Dharma centric religion. The Buddha once said Those who see the Dharma, see me. The Buddha does not even consider those who seen His real figure considered seen him, not to mention His relics. Thus, the Malaysian Buddhist Coordination Committee appeals to the Buddhist disciples and the public not to support such event nor to attend the relics expo. Besides, the public is being reminded that the MBCC is in disagreement with any party who circulate the Buddha relics commercially either through sales or donation.
The Malaysian Buddhist Coordination Committee consists of Malaysian Buddhist Association (MBA), Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM), Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia, Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society (Sasana), Persatuan Penganut Agama Buddha Fo Guang Malaysian, Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merit Society and Vajrayana Buddhist Council Malaysia (VBCM).
[ Additional notes from bb @ CAS of T_A Chenrezig:; The Singapore branch of this organization will be holding a similar exhibition at the Singapore Expo in December 2006. CAS of T_A Chenrezig does not support this event. ]
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From James Liaw:
Wise advice

We all need to read this one over and over until it
becomes part of who we are!


1. Try everything twice. On Madams tombstone (of
Whelan's and Madam) she said she wanted this epitaph: Tried everything
twice...loved it both times!

 2. Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down.
(Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches;)

3. Keep learning:  Learn more about the computer,
crafts, gardening, whatever.  Never let the brain get idle. "An idle mind
is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for
breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots
of time with HIM/HER.

6. The tears happen: Endure, grieve, and move on. The
only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. 
LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love: Whether it's
family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.
Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall,
even to the next county,  to a foreign country,
but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second time.
And if you don't send this to at least 4 people - who cares? 
But do share this with someone.  Lost time can never be found.
From Samuel:
Living Will Declaration
To my family and all those concerned with my care:

I,__________________________________, of __________________________________being of sound mind, make this statement as a directive to be followed if for any reason I become unable to participate in decisions regarding my medical care.

Upon my death and transition into the next life, I do not wish to be reborn as a ghost path or an animal. I do not wish to suffer. Instead, I wish to follow Amitabha Buddha and to arrive at his Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss. To all my family and friends, I wish to ask for your assistance so that I may not suffer, but instead remain calm and peaceful to prepare for my arrival to the Western Pure Land.

In the event that I should suffer from a terminal illness to the extent that doctors foresee no possible recovery, I ask that no medical treatment be undertaken. Should I already be in the hospital at this point, I wish to be checked out and brought back home. Please notify my assigned family member or friend _____________________________________
at telephone number(s)________________________and _________________________.

Once home, please position me in the most comfortable and natural position in which I may rest. The assigned family member or friend will lead others in chanting "Amituofo." Should I decline to the point where I lose consciousness and I am no longer aware of my surroundings, the assigned family member or friend shall have full authority in making any decisions regarding my well-being. If this person cannot be contacted, please find a Buddhist master or Buddhist believer to aid in the chanting of "Amituofo" until the assigned person can be reached.

Within twenty-four hours prior to and after my death, I would like to ask my friends and family to comply with the following:

1. Do not touch or move my body or even my bed.

2. Do not change my clothing.

3. Do not place dry ice or other substances on my body. Sandalwood incense may be burned if there is any odor.

4. Do not let a breeze blow directly onto my body.

5. Do not allow the scent of alcohol, onions, scallions, garlic, or chives to enter the room.

6. Do not smoke, cry, or talk in the room.

My purpose for asking this is to create an atmosphere in which I may remain calm and at peace. The only sound I wish to hear is "Amituofo," so that he may escort me to the Pure Land.

If I am at home upon my death, my family should take turns chanting "Amituofo" for eight to twenty-four hours. At this point, I am ready to be moved, washed and dressed. This period of chanting is the best time to assist me to be calm and peaceful. All funeral arrangements can be set up afterwards. If I should pass away in the hospital, please follow hospital policy and chant as much as is allowed.

During my terminal illness and within forty-nine days after my death, all family members should adopt a vegetarian diet. I do not wish for any killing to be associated with my death. All funeral offerings must be vegetarian. The use of alcohol is strictly prohibited. Funeral arrangements should be kept simple, and proper Buddhist etiquette should be followed. I do not wish for any unnecessary excess.

Within forty-nine days following my death, I sincerely ask my family members and friends to seek my rebirth into the Pure Land, and to perform good deeds such as giving offerings to the Three Jewels of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, printing sutras, helping the needy, and so on. These good deeds will help me to attain additional good karma, and further assist me in arriving at the Pure Land. Most important is for my family to sincerely chant "Amituofo."

In order for me to benefit the most and to peacefully arrive at the Pure Land, the above points must be followed. This will not only benefit me but all those involved as well. In this manner, I wish for everyone to learn and to believe in Buddhism. Thus, everyone can arrive at the Pure Land, as well.

Amituofo to all!

These directions express my legal right to request or refuse treatment. Therefore, I expect my family, doctor, and all those concerned with my care to regard themselves as legally and morally bound to act in accord with my wishes.


Witness: I declare that the person who signed this document, or asked another to sign this document on his or her behalf, did so in my presence and that he or she appears to be of sound mind and free of duress or undue influence.

Witness__________________________________________________ Date_________________

     Our words should be carefully chosen, for people will hear them and be influence by them, for good or for ill.

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First endowed Professorship in Buddhist Studies in the UK is established at Oxford

The Buddhist Channel, October 11, 2006

Oxford, UK -- An endowed chair in Buddhist Studies is to be established at the University of Oxford. It will be the first such chair in the UK.

<< First Buddhist chair in the UK has been established in Oxford University

The chair has been endowed by means of a generous benefaction, held in trust by Balliol College, from the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK) of Tokyo, which is a society for the promotion of Buddhism. The Chair is named after the BDK?.s founder, Mr Yehan Numata.

The Numata Chair will be a member of the Oriental Studies Faculty in the Humanities Division of Oxford University, and the Professor, once appointed, will be a fellow of Balliol College.

The postholder will also be affiliated with the recently-founded Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies (OCBS), which is a Recognised Independent Centre of the University of Oxford.  A Recognised Independent Centre is an institution that is not part of the University, but works with the University in research and teaching. As well as being a Professor of Oxford University, the postholder will play a key academic role within the OCBS.

Professor Martin Goodman, Chairman of the Board of Oriental Studies at Oxford, said: ??This is a major step in the establishment of Buddhist Studies at Oxford. The creation of the post is especially welcome in the Oriental Studies Faculty. This post will enable teaching and research at the highest academic level of the complex texts and languages in which the Buddhist teaching has been communicated; this is where the faculty excels, providing the ideal academic environment for this Chair.

??Our faculty has a long and distinguished history of teaching Buddhist topics, and has produced prominent figures in the scholarly field, but this is the first time a post in Buddhist Studies has been established in perpetuity. There is a definite need for the expansion of the teaching of Buddhism in some of the most dynamic sections of our faculty, especially within the sub-faculties of East Asia and South and Inner Asia. At the same time, Buddhism is a pan-Asian phenomenon, and the increased study of Buddhism within Oriental Studies will link together our different subfaculties in innovative ways.?.

Professor Richard Gombrich, Emeritus Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford University and Academic Director of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, said: ??This benefaction is a milestone in the history of Buddhist Studies.  It will enable this University to continue and enhance the internationally recognised tradition of teaching and research built up over the past quarter century; to engage ever more fully with Asia?.s great cultural traditions; and to embark on important research projects, many of which will, we hope, involve international collaboration.?.

Mr Geoffrey Bamford, OCBS Executive Director, said: ??The new Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies will be at the heart of a significant academic enterprise. OCBS is working towards a team of six permanent posts, including endowed Lecturerships in East Asian Buddhist Studies, Pali Buddhist Studies, Tibetan & Himalayan Buddhist Studies, Buddhist Social History and Buddhist Art. This generous donation from the BDK for an Oxford University Professor who will play a key role OCBS?.s team gives us a wonderful start.?.

The vacancy will be advertised soon with a view to making an appointment from 1 October 2007 or as soon as possible thereafter.  The advertisement will be posted on the University website at, after which time further particulars and information about how to contact the University for further information about the post, and how to apply, will be available.

For more information, please contact the Press Office, University of Oxford, on 01865 280532 or


100,000 to Become Buddhists in Hydrabad on 14th October

by Vishvapani,, The Buddhist Channel, Oct 9, 2006

Hydrabad , India -- A hundred thousand people will become Buddhists in Hydrabad on 14th October in a huge meeting in the East Indian state of Andra Preadesh, that will include up to 400,000 people. The chief organizer is KSR Murthy, a former member of India?.s parliament, the Lok Sabha.

The event will take place at Dr. Ambedkar Statue on the Tank Bund: the spiritual center for Hydrabad?.s Ambedkarites. Every year a very large gathering marks the anniversary of Dr Ambedkar?.s conversion on 14 October; this year Murthi expects 3-400,000 to attend with 100,000 converting for the first time. Many similar ceremonies will take place around India on the same date, but this will probably be the largest conversion ceremony. The wave of conversions will culminate in a much larger ceremony in Bombay on 16 December.

Presiding over the ceremony will be Ven. Hsing Yun President of the Buddha Light organization, which is based in Taiwan and has 120 centers around the world. The presence of a senior figure in Chinese Buddhism is a significant development for the conversion movement, which has mainly made connections with the Theravadin Buddhism of South East Asia and Sri Lanka. Ven.Hsing Yun will administer the Buddhist refuges in Chinese (the ceremony through which one becomes a Buddhist) and the Ven.Vinayarakkhitha will translate them into Telugu, the local language.

Murthy, who was born in a small village a day?.s journey from Hydrabad but has become a prominent spokesman for his community will be becoming a Buddhist himself on that day. He has prepared by studying works on Buddhism including Dr Ambedkar?.s book, ??The Buddha and Dhamma and taking up meditation. He comments:

??The dalits situation is still dismal. No political party is committed to making them equal partners in building modern India and though huge sums are said to devoted to their welfare, in reality the money is going down the drain. Untouchability continues to be practiced in the villages and even senior officers from our community encounter discrimination. ??Though we feel that conversion can't eradicate all of these problems we do believe that it can lead us to a better future in the form of Buddhist practice. I feel my whole life started to change when I first leant vipassana meditation and now that is my path of service to humanity.?.


Dalit Buddhists killed because of their caste

Editorial, The Buddhist Channel, Oct 22, 2006

Kherlanji, India -- Like many Indians, their hopes of a good life were basic: a decent education, a life that was lived with self respect and a livelihood which disturbed no one. But in India, Surekha and her family were tortured for many years because they chose to live the "basic life". The reason - because they were Dalits, untouchables in the eyes of Hindu purists whose status are merely better than animals.

On September 29, 2006, in the town of Kherlanji, near Nagpur - a new center of Buddhist movement in India - Buddhists Surekha and her daughter Priyanka were beaten, paraded naked and gang-raped in full public view for an hour before they fell dead.

"Sticks were pushed into their private parts," said a policeman, who asked not to be named. Around 50 to 60 women were involved in the barbaric, inhuman act.

Surekha's husband, Mr. Bhotmange was forced to witness his wife and child's being brutally hacked to death in full view of his entire village. Not only were the female members of his family tortured, his sons were stabbed repeatedly and their private parts mutilated as they refused to rape their sister.

Intriguingly, the post-mortem report says the women were not raped. "Doctors were managed and the police bribed," whispered another voice who requested that his name not to be revealed.

We are publishing this article to highlight the unimaginable atrocities commited in the name of religion in today's "modern India". While we respect traditions and local customs, we cannot condone such mindless brutality, committed against persons who have been immorally branded as "less than pure".

For details of the report submitted, please go to this link (Be warned: Article contains graphic images):

We would like to appeal to the international Buddhist community to please use your connections and networks and forward this information to all Human Rights Organizations and Government and Non-Government Agencies.

It is time that the suffering endured by the multitude of Dalits - the so called untouchable caste of India - be highlighted to the international community so that the voice of reason can be pressed upon the Government of India to put a "practical" stop to such inhumane act once and for all.

For more information on how you can help, or to enquire about the Dalit situation, please contact the following:

The Jambudvipa Trust
'Manuski', Deccan College Rd
Tel/Fax +91-20-2669 6812  /  +91-98506 66479
Yerwada, Pune
411 006, India

The Ambedkar movement