The Buddhist society will hold an open day for the National Day

KUALA LUMPUR: The Maha Vihara Buddhist Society (BMV) plans to commemorate the 65th Merdeka Day this year with a BMV Merdeka Open House and Interfaith Forum themed “Loving Benevolence to Improve Harmonious Life”.

BMV Honorary Secretary Tilak Leslie Jayawardena said the event will be held on August 30-31, while the interfaith forum will be held on August 20.

“We have several activities planned for the two days. Among them is the chanting of sutras – a retelling of discourses delivered by the Buddha in the Pali language for the blessing and protection of devotees.

“BMV sutra chanting was first introduced in 1965 to protect the king and other rulers of various states to govern the country and its people in a fair, just and equitable manner.

“We have also extended the same to the Prime Minister, Cabinet members and state governments to manage the country and the states with wisdom, compassion and understanding,” he said.

The Interfaith Forum will feature speakers from diverse backgrounds, such as Dr. Harwinder Singh, Zaid Kamaruddin and the venerable Professor Dr. M. Seevali Theera.

Other planned activities are screening for glaucoma and other eye diseases by the Lions Eye Clinic to provide quality and affordable eye care and cataract surgery to attendees on both days.

There will also be a Maha Sanghika Dana (Merit Offering Ceremony) to commemorate Sangha members who have served BMV.

Among them are the late Ven Dr K. Sri Dhammananda Nayaka Maha Thera, the late Ven Dr Madawala Punnaji Maha Thera, the late Ven Dr Dhammadinna Thera and the late Ven Dr Sangharatana Thera.

Members of Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist sects will also be invited to participate in the event.

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