Glimpses into Buddhist way of life





(From right) Ven Jing Jie explaining the items featured in the ‘Buddha Among Us’ exhibition at the Malaysia Buddhist Association’s Wisma Education and Charity in Penang. With him are Ooi and Khoo.

(From right) Ven Jing Jie explaining the items featured in the ‘Buddha Among Us’ exhibition at the Malaysia Buddhist Association’s Wisma Education and Charity in Penang. With him are Ooi and Khoo.

A DETAILED display on Buddha, Dharma and Sangha of both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism will be showcased at the Malaysian Buddhist Association in Burma Road, Penang, for the upcoming Wesak Day celebration.

The ‘Buddha Among Us’ exhibition, from May 11 to 19, will feature six booths highlighting activities including Wesak Day celebration, charity events, Buddhist youth activities, Buddhist weddings and events jointly organised with the government.

The main exhibition will be held at the Wisma Education and Charity unit on Level 5, where visitors could get to appreciate the quarters, meditation hall, dining hall and repentance hall of Mahayana Buddhism.

The public could also gain knowledge on the daily necessities used by the Sangha (monastics) of Mahayana Buddhism at the hall on Level 3A.

At the ground floor of the old building, there will be an exhibition on the Life of Buddha as well as a display of Buddha statues.

Guides will be at hand to explain the exhibits to visitors on May 11, 18 and 19 for the public to gain better understanding of the religion and its practices.

Penang Wesak Day Celebration 2019 vice-chairman Venerable Kai Zun said the annual event had been organised by the association and endorsed by the state government since 2012.

“This celebration is a chance for the public to understand Buddhism and provide a platform for greater understanding, besides forging interaction among Buddhists and Buddhist organisations.

“The celebration is also aimed at empowering lives, enriching goals and charting directions for Buddhist devotees in their faith,” he said.

Ven Jing Jie added that a variety of activities had been lined up, including the launching of the association’s grand floral float, bathing of Buddha statues and a health screening session.

He said the opening ceremony, floral float launch and health screening would be held on May 11, where Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow will launch the Penang Wesak Day celebration at 9am at the old building.

The public could also take part in the bathing of Buddha statues on May 11 from 9am to 4pm, on May 18 from 9am to midnight and on May 19 from 9am to 7pm.

Buddhist Tzu Chi Merits Society Malaysia representative Khoo Boo Leong said the health screening would be conducted by six medical practitioners.

“The public are welcome to join the free healthy screening and awareness programme. Counselling sessions will also be provided,” he said.

Free vegetarian lunch will be provided for all.

Also present was executive advisor for the event Datuk Steven Ooi, who urged Penangites especially Buddhist devotees, to visit the exhibitions and understand Buddhism on a deeper level. For more details, call 04-2262690 or email mba.hq@mbahq.my