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May 12, 2022

60th Anniversary of Wesak Holiday in Malaysia

An article on how the Wesak Holiday came about in Malaysia, by Achariya S. Vijaya Samarawickrama   On 15 May 2022, Buddhists will celebrate the anniversary of the Buddha’s Enlightenment over 2,600 years ago on the full-moon of the Wesak […]
May 12, 2022

Purity and impurity is dependent on oneself

By oneself is evil done; by oneself is one defiled. By oneself is evil left undone; by oneself is one made pure. Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another.    – Dhammapada Verse 165, Atta Vagga […]
May 12, 2022

The far-reaching impact of Covid-19

In the past two years, communities around the world have faced an unprecedented circumstances due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The high mortality rate at the onset instilled a sense of fear especially in the vulnerable groups.  To minimise infection rates […]
May 20, 2021

Being alone in times of lockdown

I moved to this city five years ago for work purposes.  Before I was accustomed to the city life, I regularly travelled home every month to visit my parents.  How I missed their company, the familiar sights and food! A […]
May 20, 2021

Losing my son was like losing my life

I was a career woman, happy wife, and mother to 3 beautiful children.  Like many others, I enjoyed holidays, good food, shopping, and spending time with my family, but my life changed 6 years ago.  I was busy as usual […]
May 20, 2021

Fear before our Covid-19 vaccinations

A few friends and I signed up for the voluntary Covid-19 ‘Brand-A’ vaccinations.  Our vaccination slots were only a day apart, so we decided to create a chatgroup to support one another in this process.  Days before the appointment, four […]
May 20, 2021

High-flying and high on shopping

I was living the high-flyer’s life, taking business class flights to Europe and the U.S. several times a year for work.  On these very comfortable trips, I also took time for excursions and more importantly, do lots of shopping!  In […]
May 19, 2021

Courage & strength of character

How did we last respond to being blamed or faulted?  How did we last respond to admonishment from our elders and teachers?  We abhor moments when our ideas and work are “threatened” and we usually respond with aversion and anger […]
May 16, 2021

Transforming pessimism to hope

Give meaning to life Monotonous, repetitive, pointless.  Studying overseas provided me with personal space and independence that I had always wanted, but it also gave me serious doubts on the meaning of life.  I still remember the quiet walks home […]