Reg. No. 543
PERSATUAN DHAMMA MALAYSIA (formerly known as PERSATUAN PENGANUT AGAMA BUDDHA BHAGAVAN KUCHING)
Malaysia Dhamma Society (MDS) [formerly known as Kuching Bhagavan Buddhist Society (KBBS)] is a Theravada Buddhist organization established in 1997 by a group of Buddhist enthusiasts to promote the Buddha’s teaching.
MDS is presently managed by a 15-member committee. Committee Elections are held every three years. The Society’s Advisory Board comprises of representatives from the Saṅgha (monks).
MDS aims at providing a conducive place for monastics and laypersons to learn the Buddha’s teachings which strongly emphasizes on the practice of generosity, morality and wisdom (which includes meditation). Meditation, when taught and practiced in a correct way, helps to develop spiritual and mental growth that can bring about sustainable harmony to our society as a whole. Therefore, a proper meditation centre in a conducive environment is essential.
MDS build two meditation centres on its purchased lands: Lot 659, Tusita #1; Lot 1036, Tusita #2 Block 9 Matang Land District. Both centres are to cater for monastics, earnest meditators and laypersons who wish to learn the Buddha’s teachings as well as practice meditation under proper guidance of meditation masters. Lot 659, Tusita #1 development was done.
1.0 Aim and Objectives of the Proposed Meditation Centres
Upon completion of the second meditation centre (Lot 1036, Tusita #2), the first meditation centre (Lot 659, Tusita #1) will be used solely for nuns and female meditators. The second proposed meditation centre on Lot 1036 will be utilized for monks and male meditators. This will enable MDS to accommodate more monastics and meditators at any single period with facilities to segregate male and female meditators at different halls and dormitories.
1.3 Community / Charitable activities
• Health awareness programs
• Regular blood donation activities
• Donations of food to the poor
• Visits to homes for the elderly and hospital
• Offering of requisites such as clothing, food, shelter and medicine for monks and nuns
• Counseling services
• Releasing captive live birds, fish and other small living creatures to their natural habitats.
Meditation Teachers (monks or nuns) are regularly invited to conduct classes and retreats with participation by monks, nuns, and lay meditators from different countries such as China, Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A., Taiwan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
Meditators are encouraged to:
• Follow the rules and disciplined as outlined by the Sangha in order to obtain maximum benefits from meditation
• Enroll themselves for meditation retreats for long periods ranging from one week to a few months
• Interview daily with the Teacher about their practice and progress to receive further instruction or advice
The nearly adjacent sites (Lot 659, Tusita #1 & Lot 1036, Tusita #2) are approximately 25 km away from 3rd Mile Bazaar, less than 7 km from Batu Kawa Bazaar or about 3 km off the main road (namely Matang-Batu Kawa Link Road). They can be accessed through the tar-sealed Sin San Tu Road A or Road B. Both sites are within short walking distance of each other.
3.0 Site Analysis
The sites are located within mainly agriculture lands owned by the Chinese community. Residential houses are scattered nearby along with a Chinese Primary school. The sites are surrounded with green orchard gardens and vegetable farms. The fresh air and quiet neighborhood (very low traffic volume) proves advantageous for meditation practice.
3.2 Public Utilities
Both electricity and water are well supplied. Though a fixed telephone line is unavailable, the area has mobile phone service.
4.0 The Developed & Proposed Development
The infrastructure serving the site and its orientation form the basis for designing the layout. The entrance is at the eastern boundary where the nearby road is situated.
4.1 Current Buildings on Lot 659, Tusita #1
Lot 659 consists of the following buildings:
• Meditation Hall – a single storey building where most of the activities are held
• 2 buildings that serve as office / library / classroom for children Sunday class as well as living quarters for meditators
• 1 block 5 units hostel / dormitory for meditators
• 1 block 4 units hostel / dormitory for meditators
• 1 block dinning hall cum kitchen and toilets
4.2 Current Buildings on Lot 1036, Tusita #2
• Meditation Hall – a 11/2 storey building where most of the activities will be held
• 1 unit quarter for meditation teachers
• 1 unit quarter cum disable toilet
• 1 block 6 units hostel / quarters for monks
• 1 block multi-purpose hall cum dormitory and toilets for male meditators / yogis.
When both sites are operational, the society will be able to provide a conducive place for monks, nuns, meditators and laypersons to learn the Buddha’s Teaching and practice meditation. Moreover, it will give children a place to attend Sunday Dhamma classes and yearly novitiate programme during school holidays.
MAY ALL BEINGS BE WELL, PEACEFUL AND HAPPY!