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“Frontiers of the Pāli Commentarial Studies” - Convocation Address by ProfessorToshiichi Endo at the 5th Convocation of IBC on 5 August 2012

Convocation Address by ProfessorToshiichi Endo/ Photo by H.S.Seow

Venerable Wei Wu, Chairman of the Council of the International Buddhist College, Professor Charles Willemen, Rector of the International Buddhist College, Honorable members of the Sangha, Deans, Professors and members of both academic and administrative staff, Distinguished guests, Graduates, Students of IBC, Ladies and Gentlemen,

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IBC 5th Convocation

Story by Miyun / Photos by H.S. Seow

The fifth International Buddhist College( IBC) convocation, since its inception in 2002, was convened on 5th August 2012 at IBC Multipurpose hall. The event was began with an academic procession including representatives of IBC officials and deans, members of the Council, the Venerable Founder, IBC faculties and students at 2.15 p.m..

The convocation attracted both local and foreign dignitaries in the Buddhist and academic fields to witness the event.

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2012 IBC 5th Convocation Seminar

Story by Miyun / Photos by H.S. Seow, Chan Jan Hoe and Miyun

The International Buddhist College 5th Convocation Seminar was held at Than Hsiang Temple on Sunday, August 4th. 9 scholars from Belgium, Japan, the United States, Sri Lanka, China and Malaysia presented their papers while about 200 people attended the seminar which had been conducted in Chinese and English at Multi Purpose Halls on the ground floor and the 5th floor respectively. 55% of the participants attended the English section.

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2012 International Maha Sanghikadana

Chinese report by Lim Peng Theam / Photos by H.S. Seow / English translation by Miyun

Maha Sanghikadana is an important event well known among Buddhists of both the Theravada and Mahayana traditions. Once, Buddha asked his disciple, Venerable Maudgalyayana, to perform this meritorious deed on Ullambana Day in order to rescue his mother who was suffering in the hungry ghost realm. His mother was saved by his deed. Thus, many Buddhists follow Venerable Maudgalyayana’s example by performing the Maha Sanghikadana to benefit their parents, both living and deceased.

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Wan Ching Yuen,Sungai Petani Celebrated Its 3rd Anniversary

Chinese Report by Ting Zhao / Photos by Wen Chuan / English Translation by Miyun

Wan Ching Yuen, Sungai Petani celebrated its 3rd anniversary at Than Hsiang Jing Yuan, Sungai Petani on 30th June 2012. Venerable Zhen Xin and Sister Gaik Ean briefed the volunteers on their respective duties after everybody had enjoyed a delicious and nutritious breakfast prepared by dedicated kitchen helpers early in the morning.

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2012 Children’s Camp and Appreciation Party at Than Hsiang Chan Yuan

Chinese Report by Yu Sha, Photos by Cheng Why / English Translation by Miyun

2012 Children’s Camp themed “Let Love Permeate My Home” was held successfully by the Sunday Buddhist Class at Than Hsiang Chan Yuan on Sunday, May 27th. It was open to children aged between 7 to 12 years old.

Due to its president Brother Zhan Zhong’s dedicated efforts, preparations started months ago. Forty-four students participated in the camp which was in its fifth year since inception.

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Than Hsiang Jing Yuan Buddhist Hymns Competition

Chinese Report by Kim Ching and Wan Xiang / Photos by You Tek and Soon Lee / English Translation by Miyun

On Friday 27th April 2012, Friday Buddhist Class of Than Hsiang Jing Yuan held the second Buddhist Hymns Competition with an aim to promote interests towards Buddhist hymns among the children. In addition to that, it is hoped that the children will be exposed to more Buddhist hymns and establish a positive outlook on life by learning the ethical and moral values conveyed in the songs.

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