BMSM is an organization to propagate the message of the Buddha to the masses. Among others, the objectives of BMSM are to propagate and promote the teaching of the Buddha; to print Buddhist literatures and organize religious lectures; to render spiritual assistance and acquire immovable property for the use of the Society for achieving its aims and objectives.... More.
The History of BMSM
The propelling force behind BMSM is its founder and spiritual director, Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda Nayaka Mahathera. Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia (BMSM), earlier known as Buddhist Missionary Society or BMS, was formed in the year 1962. On 6th August 1961, a small group of devout and far-sighted devotees gathered at the Brickfields Buddhist Temple (now known as Buddhist Mahavihara) to explore ways and means to introduce the Buddha Dhamma in a more organized way than hitherto in Selangor in particular, and Malaysia in general. More...
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Wesak Message 2022
By Bhante Mahinda, General Advisor of Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia (BMSM)
SUKHO BUDDHĀNAṂ UPPĀDO
Happy is the birth of all Buddhas!
The Buddha was born to bring peace and love to the world. His birth as Siddhattha Gotama was the culmination of all the great virtues he had perfected from life to life.
Although born as a human, he was not an ordinary being.
Like a lovely white lotus,
unsoiled by the muddy water,
So too am I unsoiled by this world;
Therefore, O Brahmin, I am a Buddha.
Through his example and teachings, he showed how we too are able to live in this world unaffected by the turmoil and suffering around us – not through mere indifference but through loving-kindness, compassion and altruistic joy.
The cultivation of loving-kindness or METTĀ, the wish that all beings be well and happy, will naturally trigger compassion or KARUṆĀ, the wish for beings to be free from suffering, to develop. This in turn will lead to METTĀ in action, or acts of kindness.
Seeing the joy of those who are able to overcome their problems and difficulties will naturally condition MUDITĀ, sympathetic or altruistic joy, to arise within oneself. This will become a strong motivating force for us to do more for others, and through the experience gained in serving others, a sense of equanimity or UPEKKHĀ will develop.
A truly harmonious and equanimous mind – unaffected by profit and loss, praise and blame, fame and ill-fame, happiness and suffering – results from wisdom and insight into the true nature of all phenomena. This is how we develop detachment through METTĀ KARUṆĀ MUDITĀ UPEKKHĀ, or loving-kindness, compassion, altruistic joy and equanimity. These four qualities are called the Brahma Viharas or the Four Immeasurables and they have the power to transform both ourselves and others.
In these challenging times, we need to commit ourselves to practise what the Buddha taught in order to overcome fear, worry and anxiety. Violence, war and other manmade disasters are the direct results of greed, hatred and delusion.
The preamble to the UNESCO Constitution states:
"Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed."
The best way to overcome hatred and build the defences of peace, from a Buddhist perspective, is through the cultivation of METTĀ or loving-kindness. And the best way to overcome the tendencies of greed and the deluded idea of the self as 'I, my, me, mine' is through the systematic cultivation of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. Metta and mindfulness will bring about effective self-transformation.
Why should we focus on transforming ourselves? While we may not able to change all the big things happening in the world outside, we are able to change the small things happening in the world within ourselves. That is how we will be able to maintain peace and harmony within ourselves, amidst war, chaos and turmoil in the world.
Wesak is a time for merit-making rather than merry-making. Through acts of generosity and other meritorious actions, we will make connection with the Buddha Dhamma Sangha, which will pave the way for us to develop wisdom and insight into the realities of existence. Merits and wisdom are essential for enlightenment.
As we celebrate Wesak, let us recall the great virtues and qualities of the Buddha and aspire to transform ourselves by nurturing the innate goodness within, for the welfare and happiness of the many.
Let us seek refuge and grow in faith and confidence in the Buddha Dhamma Sangha, to receive their blessings, guidance and protection so that we will develop the strength, courage and wisdom to overcome whatever problems and difficulties that may arise in these challenging times.
On this auspicious occasion let us extend our goodwill to all and pray:
May all suffering beings be free from suffering,
May all those in sorrow be free from sorrow,
May all those in danger, fear and worry be free from danger, fear and worry,
May all beings be well and happy.
May you and all other family members be well and happy!
Happy Wesak to all!
Enriched with experience of age, it is embarking on a new mission in dhammaduta. This mission is to do more in dhammaduta is reflected in its logo and adopted theme Touching Lives With Dhamma.
The logo with a forward-inclined ‘6’ pushing-forward the ‘0’ to turn the embedded Wheel of Dhamma symbolises the penchant and renewed vigour in dhammaduta.
Amendments to BMSM Constitution
Announcement to Members
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Dhamma,
The Registrar of Societies has on 22 March 2021 approved the amendments to BMSM Constitution passed at the 58th BMSM Central Annual General Meeting (2020) held on 27 Dec 2020.
Please take note of the following changes that will take effect immediately:
1. Ordinary Membership has been discontinued. All existing Ordinary Members are converted to Life Members automatically without any additional charges. The prefix of membership number is also changed from OM to LM. These changes will be done by the BMSM Secretariat progressively and no action is required from the members.
2. The subscription fee of Life Membership is reduced from RM150.00 to RM50.00.
3. A new section, i.e. Buddhist Business Network (BBN) Section, has been formed. This will bring the number of Sections in BMSM to 5; namely Ladies Section, Youth Section, Welfare Section, Meditation Section, and the newly addition, Buddhist Business Network (BBN) Section.
4. BMSM’s emblem has a new design as shown below.
With this new improved design, may the wheel of Dhamma turn smoothly and the Dhammaduta activities of BMSM flourish for the welfare and happiness of the many.
Yours in the Dhamma,
Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia
Liau Kok Meng
Hon General Secretary
PBDM: Sponsorship For Buddha Rupa in Stupa
The walls inside the stupa will be lined with 1,500 Buddha Rupa.
We appeal to all well-wishers to participate in the sponsorship of the Buddha Rupa.
Annual sponsorship at RM300 per image. You may opt for a lifetime sponsorship at RM5,000 per Buddha Rupa or RM1,000 Sponsorship for 4 years. This introductory special is valid until Dec 31, 2019.
Please download the sponsorship form
For further enquiries. kindly contact:
Pusat Buddhis Dhammaduta Malaysia (PBDM) Project
Located in Presint 20 Putrajaya, the federal administrative centre of Malaysia, this 0.67-acre plot of land was specially reserved for Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia (BMSM) by the Government for representative bodies of the major faiths in the country.
This location uniquely positions it to meet the needs of Buddhists and all interested in Buddhism at the intra- and inter-national level. As the new national headquarters for BMSM, Pusat Buddhis Dhammaduta Malaysia (PBDM) will house a resource centre, exhibition and meditation halls as well as training facilities.Learn More
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