17 May 2019, Friday

Seminar Room 1, Block A, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya

A public lecture on Buddhist Perspective on Coexistence with special reference to Sri Lanka was held on 17 May 2019 at the Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya. Academicians from different faculties in UM and students from UM as well other universities participated in this event. This public lecture was jointly organized by the Academy of Islamic Studies and the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue (CCD) UM.

Dr. Mohammad Ismath Ramzy (Sri Lankan), Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya has coordinated this public lecture. The Head, Department of Sanskirt, Buddhist and Pali University (BPU) of Sri Lanka, Ven. Prof. Dr. Lenagale Sriniwasa Thero has conducted this lecture. Professor Datin Dr Raihanah Abdullah, Dean of Academy of Islamic Studies, UM welcomed the delegates and highlighted the importance of the topic in current context and possible future colloborations between UM and BPU in academic affairs.

Ven. Prof Uparatne Thero, Dean, Postgraduate Institution of BPU, Ven. Deerananda Thero, Registrar of BPU and Ven. Vineeta Thero, Chief Monk, Buddhist Temple, Puchong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia also honored the event.

Two (2) minutes silence was observed in order to pay respect to the victims in Sri Lanka Church and hotels attacks in April 2019.

Ven. Prof. Srinivasa Thero explained five precepts (pancasila) as the foundation of Buddhist Perspective of coexistence. He quotated "Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule" from Dhammapada and highlighted the significance of love and compassion as fundamental of coexistence.

Dr. Asmak, Senior Lecturer of Academy of Islamic Studies , UM and the moderator of the session  highly appreciated the presentation and showed some similar aspects in Islam and Buddhism in dealing with social harmony and social welfare. In concluding remark, Dr Asmak said although Islam, Buddhism and other religions promote peace and harmony as its core message, the countries where these religions are practiced not peaceful.

She referred to Global Peace Index (GPI) - 2018 and said that the countries like Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq are at the bottom of this index while Sri Lanka is listed as 67 and Malaysia is 24. Still countries like Sweden, Germany are at the top.

It was the best question to ponder.

After the program has ended, Assoc Prof.  Gs Dr Rosilawati Zainol, the Director of CCD had a meeting with the delegates after the lecture and discuss further events and collaboration.


                  Image 1 :  Associate Prof. Gs Dr Rosilawati Zainol (far from right) with Ven. Prof. Dr. Lenagale Sriniwasa Thero, Professor Datin Dr Raihanah Abdullah and Dr Asmak.


Image 2 : Professor Datin Dr Raihanah Abdullah, Dean of Academy of Islamic Studies,
UM welcomed the delegates.

     Image 3 : Ven. Prof. Dr. Lenagale Sriniwasa Thero conducted his lecture.

    Image 4 :  Q&A session

             Image 5 : A photo of Ven. Prof. Dr. Lenagale Sriniwasa Thero with the participants
        after the very informative lecture.