Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Celebrating 30 Years of Dhamma Propagation

Singapore Buddhist Mission may be a small and humble Buddhist centre but it has been influential and innovative in the spread of the Buddha’s teachings here in Singapore. It is the first Buddhist organisation in Singapore to publish Dhamma books and conduct classes and talks to the general public in the English language. In recent years, the Mission is also the creator of one of the world’s first Buddhist application on iPhone and iPad, the pocket Pali Chanting.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mission’s founding, members of the Maha Sangha, devotees and friends of Singapore Buddhist Mission come together on 3 December 2011 for a Gala Dinner
 A ten-course vegetarian dinner was accompanied with a variety of song and dance performances put up by youth members. The audiences were treated to a candle light procession to the tune of Chattavimana Gatha, a flash-mob dance performance, Buddhist hymn singing and Buddhist rock songs performed by our very own youth members. SBM also had the honour of having Messengers of Dhamma, a popular Buddhist choir group in Malaysia, to perform a number of original Buddhist hymns.

The Singapore Buddhist Mission has been a family to all its members and friends because of the hard work and effort of its spiritual advisors, members and volunteers. May we also applaud and appreciate the efforts of all who have contributed to the Mission in one way or another. The Mission will not be what it is today without you. As the spiritual journey of the Mission continues, may it continue to grow in faith, wisdom and compassion and continue to be a family to all its devotees.
30th anniversary has been such a spiritual uplifting journey to see how SBM has grown from a simple mission to what we are today. To see how the young and old are able to celebrate as one together with the Sangha evokes a sense of belonging not only to SBM but to the greater mission of serving the Buddhist community. It has been my pleasure to organise such a joyous event. 
-   Kerwin Kwek Zeming. Chief Organiser, 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner.
Every member of the audience was also entitled to an exclusive door gift; a tote bag specially designed by youth member, Liew Yuanyi for the event. Yuanyi is inspired by the love and compassion of the Buddha and aspires to express her faith within her artworks.

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