2019 Important Announcements and Sharing by Ven. Dr. Wei Wu

Time: March 5, 2019 7:30 pm
Venue: Large classroom of IBC
Subject: Important announcements and sharing by Ven. Dr. Wei Wu regarding Than Hsiang Temple and IBC

Ven. Dr. Wei Wu, the founder of International Buddhist College (IBC), made the following important announcements and sharing to all teachers and students of IBC:

(1) New Than Hsiang Abbot and Temple Management Committee Members Elected

In December 2018, through a fair election in which the votes were determined by the number of varsas, a new generation of leaders was elected with Ven. Zhen Dian as the new Abbot (the term for new abbot is 5 years with a maximum of 2 terms). Also announced were the “Temple Management Committee” members (Ven. Chen Cong, Ven. Zhen Chan, Ven. Zhen Yuan, Ven. Zhen Nian) and a new working team of Sangha members of Than Hsiang Temple.
The Abbot and Temple Management Committee Installation Ceremony will be held at the Main Prayer Hall of Than Hsiang Temple on March 16, 2019 at 10 am. Henceforth, they will manage the temple affairs through team decision making - a process emphasizing on a system instead of individual (依法不依人). The new successors of the Than Hsiang Monastic Sangha will also be elected through fair election in the future.
Founder abbot Ven. Dr. Wei Wu , Ven. Zhen Xin (retired to be adviser for nuns) and Ven. Zhen Ru (retired to be adviser for monks) will serve as the members of the Advisory Council.
Ven. Dr. Wei Wu emphasized “the beauty of impermanence” - assume responsibilities when elected and retire gracefully when it is time to do so and to play different roles. He advised that in order to maintain the harmony, mutual respect and stability of the Sangha, every monk/nun should consciously cultivate three crucial characters: to honour and respect teachers, to be modest, to admit mistake and learn from it.
In addition, Than Hsiang Temple has set up an Endowment Fund to ease the burden of the new Abbot, and ensure that the scholarship for IBC students will improve continuously.

(2) Fifteen Years’Academic Achievements of IBC

IBC is celebrating its 15 Anniversary this year. Ven. Dr. Wei Wu highly affirmed the educational quality and excellent performance of previous and current IBC teachers and students, especially the gratifying academic achievements made by the graduates of which we are truly proud of. The achievements for IBC in the past 15 years are as follow:
i) Foreign students made up 90% of the total. IBC has produced graduates coming from
30 countries.
ii) Alumni were accepted into top universities of the world, and performed exceptionally
well - Harvard (USA), SOAS University of London, Hong Kong University, University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka), University of Malaya (Malaysia), Mahidol University (Thailand), People's University(China), National Taiwan University etc.
iii) IBC has attracted graduates from top universities to pursue the postgraduate programs -
Columbia University, University of California, Yale University, University of London, Hong Kong University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, University of Malaya, Mahidol University, University of Peradeniya etc.

(3) Alumni Reunion and Carnival, Academy Conferences, Convocation and Tour of Historical Sites in Southern Thailand

IBC Council members decided to carry out various activities in its last meeting to celebrate the IBC 15th Anniversary:
i) The Alumni Reunion and Carnival will be held on September 7, 2019.
ii) The opening ceremony of the female hostel (Mahapajapati Vihara) and the ground-
breaking ceremony of the first male hostel Sona Vihara will be held on September 7, 2019 in the morning.
iii) The 12th Convocation will be held on September 8, 2019.
iv) An optional four-day/three-night tour of historical sites in Southern Thailand will be held on September 9-12, 2019 as a post Convo activity for the alumni members and guests.
v) Academic Conference in Chinese will be held in Penang on August 31, 2019; the Conference in English will be held in Kuala Lumpur on September 1, 2019.

(4) Guan Yin Fine Gold and Silver Medallions

With the good reputation established up to now, IBC has been receiving support from the public. To commemorate the 15th Anniversary of IBC, Than Hsiang Temple is launching a 999.9 Fine Gold Medallion and Fine Silver Medallion project featuring the Guan Yin statue enshrined in the Great Compassion Hall of the temple and the Six Syllable Mantra. The public is encouraged to support this charity project contributing to the education fund of IBC.
The price for 1/4oz Gold Medallion is 24,000 Thai baht.
The 1oz Silver Medallion is priced at 2,000 Thai baht.
Ven. Dr. Wei Wu also shared two exciting good news. Before the launching ceremony, a donor ordered 20 Guan Yin gold medallions. Moreover, two generous donors ordered 1,500 Guan Yin gold medallions and 1500 Guan Yin silver medallions respectively yesterday.
As the saying goes: a good start is half the success. Venerable Chairman appealed to all teachers, students, staff and volunteers of IBC to help promote the Guan Yin gold and silver medallions to raise education fund of IBC.

(5) Special Blessing Service for the Guan Yin Gold and Silver Medallions

A Special Blessing Service will be held at the Great Compassion Hall of Than Hsiang Temple on March 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm for the Guan Yin Gold and Silver Medallions.

(6) The Premiere Show of Sadhu4Music concert

The premiere show of Dharma Music Unity Concert (Sadhu4Music) will be held at KLPAC on March 28, 2019 at 7:30 pm; it will be hosted by Than Hsiang Temple to launch the Guan Yin Fine Gold and Silver Medallions at Kuala Lumpur.

——recorded by Ven. Zhen Ru and translated by Teacher Xiao Guo