IBC Lecture Tour Sharing by Venerable Dipananda (Sajal Barua)

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Venerable Dipananda (Sajal Barua)

This is my first trip to Malaysia. In this trip, I had visited many places, I had seen and experienced a lot of things. I was very surprised in seeing the Penang Bridge and the Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. The new city in Putrajaya is also, I found, very beautiful. In our group trip, firstly we went to Kluang Buddhist Association in Kluang, Johor. After that, Muar and Alor Setar were the places we visited.

In all the places I had seen people who were very caring and kind to us. I noticed the eagerness in them to learn and know the teachings of the Buddha. All our programmes started at the proper time with more than 50 to 60 people attending. Although the programmes were conducted in Mandarin, I had enjoyed a lot seeing the attention of the people.

In my one-week trip in Malaysia, after the Penang Bridge and the Twin Towers, I would like to share two more experiences, which I think I will never forget. One of them was a wise old Chinese bhikkhu in Muar. Unfortunately, I can't remember his name. He was originally from China, now staying in Malaysia for more than 61 years. He said he is a good friend (kalyanamitta) of our Venerable Wei Wu. Even though he was an old man of 80, he was very frank to us. The time I spent with him and listening to his wise talk, I will never forget. Of course, he spoke in Hokkien and Mandarin. He also gave us many gifts, saying that we had to keep IBC alive and help it for the benefit of the world.

The next thing that I can't forget is my speech (for the first time) in English that I gave in Alor Setar, Kedah. The last surprising thing for me is the biggest temple in Penang.

Finally, I would like to quote some of the sayings of the old Chinese bhikkhu. These are, “We need to break down the cultural, traditional and language barriers. We need to experience suffering for the purpose of getting rid of it forever.” In short, this is what I have experienced in visiting Malaysia.