4.74. Singapore - Singapore Buddhist Federation

Thứ bảy - 11/05/2019 02:57
Most Venerable Dr Seek Kwang Phing

For UN Vesak Day 2019

On behalf of the Buddhist communities in Singapore; I congratulate the National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (NVBS) for hosting the 16th United Nation Day of Vesak celebration, at the Tam Chuc International Buddhist Convention Centre in Ha Nam Province, and with the main theme “Buddhist Approach to Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Sustainable Societies. To those who work tirelessly towards the success of this event, may I say: Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu and May the Triple Gem bless all of you.

When the Buddha sent out His first missionary in the whole, it was done for the benefit and welfare of all beings. This was His humanitarian gift to the world. He also said: Let My Teaching (Dhamma) be your master when Im gone (attained Parinibbana). He had to walk tirelessly for forty-five years to disseminate this Gift of Truth. Till this day, there are many of his followers who are also disseminating this Gift.

Amid global changes, with the present age of knowledge, cyber technology, AI, data analytics, etc. people are getting better educated and therefore Buddhist institutions and communities need to relook, redefine and refine their approaches so as to continue the dissemination of the Buddha-Dhamma and be energised to creating a greater awareness of it. Due to demographic shift, where in certain countries the Buddhist population is declining or had declined to the point of no return while in other countries the Buddhist population is increasing. This is where the use of appropriate pragmatic present technologies such as data analytics can be used to determine the causes and reasons of the decline, project the future trend and even recommend some actions to be taken based on the data available. For this to be effective, real cooperation


among the Buddhist institutions and communities is essential to build a frontier towards reversing the decline and to enhance the increase in the Buddhist population. This is one example on the use of present day technology in this digital world to overcome our limitations.

In order to harvest the fullest benefit of present day technologies, investing on retraining and re-educating are essential amid global changes. Not forgetting soft skills, such as skill in interpersonal interaction and skill in communication, are also some of the essentials in order to bring the Buddha- Dhamma to the people. Through various present day media and technologies, the Buddha- Dhamma can be brought to the people for their welfare and happiness. This is in line with the purpose of the Buddha when He sent His first 60 missionaries to various parts of Jambudipa. “No two shall walk the same path.His Dhamma can also be taught inside a small farmers hut, as the Buddha had done so, and not necessarily in temple. Likewise for practices like meditation, and offering of dana. The present mind-set of doing all these in the temple must change especially when temples are a distance from the residence or the devotees are struggling to earn a living. The teaching of Buddha-Dhamma should be brought to the people.

I hope this years theme will shed some fresh new ideas and approaches to the dissemination of the Buddha-Dhamma globally and also to create a greater awareness of it in a global scale. May all those who are present can benefit from this theme and return to their respective organisations, institutions, or temples fully energised to implement the appropriate ideas to globalise the Buddha-Dhamma in a greater scale and for its sustainability so that future generations and the generations beyond will benefit.

Most Venerable Dr Seek Kwang Phing
President, Singapore Buddhist Federation

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