The Grand Shravasti Blessing Ceremony For World Peace 2020 (GSBC2020)

Date: 22nd November, 2020
Time: 5pm – 11pm
Venue: National Stadium Bukit Jalil , Kuala Lumpur
Admission: Free. Registration online requested.

20 years ago, we organized a monumental event at National Stadium Bukit Jalil , Kuala Lumpur – whereby, for the first time, the chief monks of three main sects of Buddhism harmoniously hosted the Grand Blessing Ceremony for Millennium 2000. The event attracted approximately 50,000 local and foreign participants and raised RM380,000 to fund the humanitarian programs run by six legitimate non-profit organizations. We also successfully created a Guinness World Record by building the world’s largest Bean Art Collage (26.6m x 31.7m, 12 tonnes of beans) to promote world peace in conjunction with the event.

Introduction of the ancient Sharavasti

About 2,500 years ago, Shravasti was one of the six largest cities of India and served as the capital of the Kosala Kingdom. Not only this, it was also a prominent trading centre and center of religious activity by Lord Buddha.

According to the history of Buddhism, The Buddha first came to Shravasti at the urging of Anāthapiṇḍika, a prominent businessman who met the Buddha in Rājagṛha. Anathapindika invited the Buddha to Shravasti (Sravasti then) and began to look for a suitable place to build a monastery. After a long search, he found a beautiful park at the southern edge of Shravasti. The park belonged to Jeta, son of King Prasenjit of Shravasti. Jeta demanded Anathapindika to buy only as much land as he could cover with his gold coins. Anathapindika accepted the offer. When the coins were laid out, only a small area on the edge of the grove remained bare. But finally, Prince Jeta moved by Anathapindika's devotion, donated valuable wood to build the monastery. The park came to be known as Jetavana Vihāra in recognition of Prince Jeta's donation.

In all, Buddha spent 25 years living in the monastery of Jetavana. He delivered many of his teachings at Shravasti. The importance of Shravasti can therefore be analyzed from the fact that it was here where Buddha spent the longest amount of time with the largest amount of discourses and instructions leading to the path of nirvāṇa.

Shravasti of today

Although Shravasti is one of the important Buddhist pilgrimage centers within India of today, the city is relatively unknown to the global community.

In year 2015, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Tinle Lhundup, Throne holder of Drikung Kagyu Lineage, decided to set a foothold in Sharvasti with an objective to promote this sacred site to the world. He started organizing The Great Shravasti Buddhist Cultural Assembly which welcomes around 5,000 participants in November every year to this small town. Having acquired the land a few years back, he also started constructing a non-sectarian retreat centre. Through some challenges, The Great Shravasti Center, with 70 hostel rooms, was finally completed and inaugurated in October last year. We are part of the small founding team which helped him implement this project from inception.

We would like to re-introduce the historical and contextual significance of Shravasti to the global Buddhist community – and thus, its relevance as an important pilgrimage venue. We find it very meaningful to host such an event in Malaysia - a multi–ethnic, multicultural, and multilingual society with Buddhists from everywhere. This event will not only provide a sharing platform for different schools in Buddhism but also will boost peaceful co-existence and better understanding among practitioners of various religious beliefs. Achieving a harmonious living requires a global level of understanding that all religions are mutually acceptable in terms of their basic tenets as well as manifestations in human behaviour (to be good and to do good) along with all ramifications of traditions and their progression in contemporary life.

Key objectives to organize GSBC2020:

1. To heighten peace consciousness by spreading the message of love and compassion and bring people from different parts of the world and traditions to work harmoniously. The event is intended to transcend barriers of nationality, sects and race to unite humanity in a call for the common good of all life on earth.

2. To promote the integration of Buddha’s teachings into contemporary life, encourage a sense of Buddhism’s contemporary relevance and to help the young people to understand the basic teachings and the culture better.

3. To provide a platform for young Buddhists to learn and contribute in community works.

4. We are emphasizing the need for World peace via our attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest Mandala created in support of World Peace and UN's International day for Tolerance.

Main activities on 22nd November, 2020:

Grand Amitabha Blessing Ceremony
Hosted by:
Mahayana Sect
Theravada Sect
Vajrayana Sect
Grand Prayer for World Peace

Mindfulness Meditation
The Guinness World Record Attempt – The making of The World’s Largest Amitabha Mandala
Bodhicitta Carnival

Supporting organizations:
1. Malaysian Buddhist Association
2. Malaysia Buddhist Sangha Association
3. Young Buddhist Association Malaysia
4. International Buddhist College, Thailand
5. Buddhist Maha Vihara
6. Yayasan Maha Karuna
7. Great Shravasti Center India
8. Drikung Kagyu Institute, India
9. Taiwan Buddhist Tzu-Chi Foundation Malaysia
10. Malaysian Fo Guang Buddhist Association
11. Vajrayana Buddhist Council of Malaysia
12. Dharma House Society

Fund Raising Campaign

We plan to raise funds through lamp-lighting donations before and during the event, online and offline. A trust fund account will be set up with UOB Malaysia with 6 signatories (representatives from the 6 beneficiaries). The gross collection of the public fund will be distributed evenly to these 6 organizations without deducting the event expenses:

Lamp Lighting Registration – RM20 or USD5 per individual per lamp.

The list of beneficiaries:

Education International Buddhist College
Malaysia Buddhist Association
Senior Care Ti Ratana Welfare Society
Youth Development Young Buddhist Association Malaysia
Heritage preservation Drikung Kagyu Institute, India
Free medicine Yayasan Maha Karuna
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Honorary Advisors

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Tinle Lhundup

• Throne holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism
• Founder of Great Shravasti Center India
• The chairman of the Drikung Kagyu Institute, India
• Ambassador of U.N Global Mountain Partnership

Venerable Wei Wu

• President of Than Hsiang Foundation, Malaysia
• Founder and Council Chairman, International Buddhist College Thailand
• Chairman of Board of Directors of the Phor Tay Schools
• President of Malaysian Buddhist Sangha Association

Venerable Datuk K Sri Dhammaratana Nayaka Maha Thera

• Chief High Priest of Malaysia
• Founder & Advisor of Ti-Ratana Welfare Society
• Abbot of Buddhist Maha Vihara Center
• Chairman of K Sri Dhammananda Trust Fund
• Founder & Advisor of Ti-Ratana Buddhist Society KL & Selangor

Venerable B.Sri Saranankara Maha Thero

• Chief High Priest (Judiciary) of Malaysia
• Honoured by the Supreme Council of the Maha Sangha of Malwattha Chapter, Kandy, Sri Lanka by conferring the title “Sangha Keerthi Sri” upon him.
Founder of :
• Sri Jayanti Welfare Organization (SJWO)
• Maha Karuna Buddhist Society (MKBS)
• Maha Karuna Compassionate Home
• Maha Karuna Buddhist Centre
• Yayasan Maha Karuna

Venerable Ji Zun

Graduated From:
• University Department of Taiwan Hua Yen College.
• Master’s Degree, International Buddhist College.

Current Position:
• Vice President, The World Buddhism Bhikkhuni Association.
• Assistant Officer of Compilation & Translation Committee, World Buddhist Sangha Council.
• Hon.Secretary, Malaysian Buddhist Association (HQ).
• Hon.Secretary cum Head of Academic Affairs, Malaysian Buddhist Institute.
• Abbess, Hui Lin Yuan & Tzu Yun Kong, Temple Penang & Hui Lin Xue Yuan.
• Advisor, Malaysian Buddhist Examination Syndicate.
• Religious Advisor, Penang Wesak Celebration Committee.
• Chief Editor, Everlasting Light Publication.

Venerable Jue Cheng

Venerable Jue Cheng was born in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. She has become a monastic under Venerable Master Hsing Yun for 30 years. She graduated at Fo Guang Shan Tsung Lin University, Taiwan, and studied at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
She was assigned to serve at South America for 16 years, and has been transferred back to Malaysia in 2007 until now. Venerable Jue Cheng has a passion in caring for the world and propagating Humanistic Buddhism through educational, cultural, charity and spiritual activities. She was one of the representatives to participate in the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) and the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Venerable Jue Cheng is currently the Chief Abbess of Fo Guang Shan Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and India; Deputy Secretary-General of Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA), Southeast Asia region, caring to promote for children's welfare and education in poverty areas of Southeast Asia.

Venerable Sit Chan Liang

Current Position:
• Acting President, Malaysian Buddhist Association.
• Chairman, Malaysian Buddhist Association Johor Branch.
• Head of Administration, Malaysian Buddhist Association Long Hua Home
• Vice Chairman, Sultanah Fatimah Foundation.
• Abbot, Ching Giap See Buddhist Temple Muar.

Venerable Chuan Wen 释传闻法师

• She was ordained as a nun in 1988 by Reverend Kong Euee of Beow Hiang Lin temple.
• She is currently the abbot of Hoeh Beng Buddhist Temple, Kuala Lumpur and Religious Advisor of the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia
• In 2004, Venerable Chuan Wen inaugurated the "Dhamma Practitioner Camp", a program to introduce people to Buddhist practice through games and group activities giving the experience of don't know mind.
• Venerable Chuan Wen first heard of Zen Master Seung Sahn and his teaching in 1995 and invited Dae Seon Sa Nim and his disciples to teach in Hoeh Beng Temple.
• Venerable Chuan Wen did her first Kong-An Zen retreat during the winter of 1997 at Hwa Gye Sa
• Received inka in 2015 from Zen Master Dae Bong