Tanjung Malim Buddhist Association, formerly known as Tanjung Malim Buddhist Society was initiated in 1965, when the late Ven. Chuk Mor decided to propagate Dharma to the lay people in the Tanjung Malim area. It started with the creation of Fook Pau Lin (佛宝林). Its objective was to attract lay people of the area to learn Buddhism. The Buddhist Society was formally established in 1982 under the leadership of Ven.Ji Sheng . Dai Ji Sheng became the Chairman of the Buddhist Society, and people from all strata of society came together to learn Buddhism.
In 1992, the Buddhist Society was officially registered with the government and it was renamed as Tanjung Malim Buddhist Association. Siow Jin Jing was elected as the first Chairman and he was replaced by Siew Sin Yoon in 1995 as the second Chairman until present.
In 1998, “Fook Pau Lin” was reconstructed, and many young people have gone to work in the big cities. The Association has thus experienced a slow-down for few years. However, its shine never disappeared. It was rejuvenated when a few undergraduates from UPSI decided to reactivate this cohesive force and bring back the youths. At the end of 2004, they gathered few seniors, together with new teachers, convened a meeting to
discuss the revival of Dharma classes. Finally, in 2005, the Dharma classes were successfully re-established and named as Metta Dharma class. The number of students were around 100 people.
The main purpose of establishing the Buddhist Association was to propagate Dharma, by encouraging the public from all levels to learn the Dharma in order to improve their behavior and morality. In the 1980s, the Buddhist Association cooperated with “Fook Pau Lin”, and started to organise Wesak Day Procession for few years, under the leadership of Ven. Ji He. This event has become the mainstay of every Wesak Day for the locals.
In 2012, the Buddhist Association was still renting space from “Fook Pau Lin” after its establishment 21 years ago. The committees realised that they needed a permanent place to attract more people and to continuously develop the association and its activities. Consequently, a fund raising dinner was held for the first time, and it successfully achieved the record of having thousand people feast in Tanjung Malim for the first time ever.
After few years of effort, the committee met with Ven. Wei Wu, the founder of the International Buddhist College at the end of 2015. Coincidentally, Ven knew that Buddhist Association was looking for an office space. Ven. Wei Wu was very kind hearted and promised to let a double storey house to the Association. Henceforth, the Buddhist Association has a temporary base and officially operative by year end 2016.
The good deeds continue until today, The Buddhist Association has regained its vitality through reviving the Dharma class and started training the adolescent. The new generation of youths was Dharma ignorant. The teachers took this opportunity to encourage the students to take part in the Wesak Day Procession which serves as a training platform for the young people. Few years later, a group of students who were interested in Dharma started to organise camps to attract more students. Later, a Buddhist children life camp was held. The two camps have attracted much good affinity and ties between the association and the local residents.
The focus on education for children and youths is now finally on track. The development of the Association started to focus on the community. With acquisition of new building, more activities and programmes could be carried out to benefit the public.
1965 Ven. Chuk Mor began to propagate the Dharma in Tanjung Malim and the number of disciples increased gradually. As there was no fixed place to accommodate the increasing needs, He Xin Peng, Guo Xin Li and others have decided to raise fund to build a temple.
1977 The first temple was constructed in Tanjung Malim with its inauguration ceremony being conducted by Ven. Chuk Mor. The temple was named “Fook Pau Lin”. Throughout the years, Ven. Ji He, Ven Ji Long, Ven. Ji Sheng, Ven. Kong Wu and Ven, Ji Zhuang were the sangha members in charge respectively.
1980 The Tanjung Malim Buddhist Association was formerly known as Tanjung Malim Buddhist Society. With the encouragement of Ven. Chuk Mor, and initiated by the late Ven Ji Shen, the Buddhist Society was established in order to attract more lay people to learn the Dharma.
1982 The Tanjung Malim Buddhist Society was established. Dai Ji Sheng became Chairman of Society.
1983 When Dai Ji Sheng passed away, Siew Sin Yoon took over the Chairmanship, elected during the Council meeting.
1984 Under the leadership of Ven. Ji He, the Society together with the temple, co-organised the first Wesak Day procession. The Honorable Chairman were Lim Quan Fu and Chen Yue Yun.
1992 Tanjung Malim Buddhist Society officially registered and renamed as “Tanjung Malim Buddhist Association”.
1995 1. Held the Wesak Day Procession for the first time. 2. Youth Camp was jointly organised by Tanjung Malim Buddhist Temple and Tanjung Malim Buddhist Association. 3. Children Camp was also held. 4. Siew Sin Yoon was elected as the Chairman during the 2nd AGM. 5. The Sunday Children Dharma Class was established.
1996 The second Children camp was held.
1998 1. To enable youths to learn the true Teachings of the Buddha, the Youth Dharma class was established. 2. The Association held the 2nd Youth Camp. 3. The Wesak Day Procession was stopped due to man power shortage and construction work going on at the Temple. A Wesak Night was organized in replacement of the event.
1999 The Buddhist Association decided to perform dana at the old folks home during every Chinese New Year.
2004 “Sunday Dharma Class”was changed to “Metta Dharma Class”, and the class’s venue was also changed to Fook Pau Lin.
2005 The Buddhist Association held a mooncake festival lantern procession for the first time.
2006 1. Held the first Sanghikadana 2. Organised the Wesak Eve Performance by Dharma Class Teacher, Beah Wei Lun, after the discontinuation of Wesak procession in 1998.
2008 1. Visited Ti-Ratana Orphanage in Kuala Lumpur.
2. The Wesak Eve Performance continued to be organised.
3. One day trip at Kuala Lumpur.
4. The Children Dharma Camp was revived after 12 years hiatus. The theme of camp was “Going Back Home”.
2010 The Youth Camp was also revived after 12 years hiatus.
2012 A Thousand People Dinner was organised in November.
2016 1. Tanjung Malim Buddhist Association building underwent renovations.
2. The Wesak Day Procession was revived after 12 years hiatus.
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