For the first time in the history of Malaysian Theravadin Buddhists, a formal alliance was formed as an initiative to create a unified and stronger presence for our community in the country. The launching ceremony to officiate the alliance was held on 1 May 2010 at Dhamma Vijaya Meditation Centre in Dengkil.
The event saw the signing of MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) and planting of trees by representatives from the five Buddhist societies.
Buddhist Community Alliance (BCA) is an alliance formed by five Buddhist organisations in Selangor and Negeri Sembilan, namely Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia, Kajang Branch, Kinrara Metta Buddhist Society, Nalanda Buddhist Society, Sg. Long Buddhist Society, and Sudhamma Seremban Buddhist Society.
BCA aims to promote cooperation in Buddhist activities and programmes; pool resources in conducting these activities; as well as to unify and strengthen the Buddhist community spirit. Leveraging upon the strengths of talents from various Buddhist societies will bring great benefit to the community and help to propagate the Buddha-Dhamma even more widely and effectively. Brother Tan Ho Soon in his address, emphasised the need for sacrifice and commitment from individual members to make the Buddhist cause successful.
Later activities included Dhamma quiz (for adults, 19 years old and above), treasure hunt (teenagers, 13 to 18 years old), colouring contest (4 to 12 years old) and presentation / hymn singing to promote fellowship. The event ended with lunch dana for members of the Maha Sangha and luncheon for all attendees, courtesy of BMSM Kajang.
Now its time to look forward to the future …. growing together in the Dhamma …