About Us

Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) is the leading Buddhist youth organisation in Malaysia. Through its conviction in the Buddha’s mission of compassion, growth, and liberation, YBAM continuously promotes positive lifestyles in developing a society of wisdom, compassion and gratitude. Since its formation in 1970, YBAM has actively involved in establishing Buddhist organisations nationwide, propagating the learning of Dharma among the youths and providing leadership training for them. Using the strong foundation that YBAM has helped to build, local Buddhist organisations have accomplished great progress in developing local Buddhist communities. YBAM continuously dedicates itself to develop Malaysian Buddhism.

YBAM coordinates more than 270 Member Organisations (MOs) through its 13 State Liaison Committees all over Malaysia. In addition, YBAM also coordinates the varsities’ Buddhist societies (including Teacher Training Colleges), secondary schools’ Buddhist societies and Young Buddhist Fellowship through its Standing Committees. Besides, YBAM also actively participates in the Malaysian Youth Council (MBM), Eight Major Chinese Youth-based Organisations (EMCO), Malaysian Buddhist Consultative Council (MBCC), and World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth (WFBY).

YBAM is the only national Buddhist youth organisation recognised by the Government to represent Malaysian Buddhist youths. It is also a member of MBM. YBAM participates in the activities of MBM and Ministry of Youth and Sports to protect the rights of Buddhist youths. YBAM also actively promotes international Buddhist youth activities and maintains good relationship with World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) and WFBY to participate in the development of Buddhism in the world.

Based on the foundation of MOs and support given by Buddhist youths in the country, on behalf of the Buddhist community, YBAM always expresses its opinions via the mass media, for example, disagreeing that Malaysia is an Islamic state and urging the Government to abolish the ISA. YBAM also organises various seminars and forums to explore current affairs and subject matters related to Buddhism.

Our Direction

We will continue to develop YBAM in year 2016-2022:

To promote the communisation reform of MOs, with the aim that they will be rejuvenated in the process
To improve the qualities of young Buddhist leaders, so that they will become role models to all young Buddhists in Malaysia
To unite and rally the Member Organisations, basing on fellowship in the Dharma, to develop Buddhism in Malaysia
To promote the communisation reform of MOs, with the aim that they will be rejuvenated in the process
Children Adolescent Dharma Propagation Culture Member Organisations
  1. To generate teaching resources for children Dharma class
  2. Buddhist study textbook publication
  1. To organise introductory activities, national and regional Young Buddhist Fellowships training camps for adolescents
  2. Teenager Buddhist study textbook publication
  1. To organise national Dharma talk series
  2. To train Dharma speakers and draft the handbook of Dharma speaker
  3. To organise thematic seminar and different cultivation programmes regularly
  4. To jointly organise Malaysian Buddhist Examination with Malaysian Buddhist Association
  1. To promote the concept of ‘Buddhist family’ through activities such as parental sharing sessions, storytelling camps, parental camps, Buddhist wedding ceremony etc.
  2. To organise different Buddhist hymns sharing sessions, release ‘Melody of Truth and Beauty’ album and music video to promote Dharma propagation through Buddhist hymns
  3. To organise writing camp, publish ‘Buddhist Digest’, ‘Eastern Horizon’ and ‘Berita YBAM’ to promote Dharma propagation using literature
  1. To help the MOs to undergo community engagement
  2. To organise intrastate meeting of MOs annually
To improve the qualities of young Buddhist leaders, so that they will become role models to all young Buddhists in Malaysia
Trainee Teachers /Buddhist Teachers Undergraduate/ College Organisational Excellence
  1. To assist Teacher Training Colleges to set up Buddhist societies
  2. To organise National Trainee Teachers Dharma Camp
  3. To set up National Trainee Teachers Fellowship
  1. To provide consultation and trainings to raise the quality of the varsities’ Buddhist youth
  2. To promote Buddhist education and to enhance the undergraduate Buddhist youth’s commitment to society and Buddhism via National Buddhist Undergraduate Community Bodhi Seedlings Cultivation Project
  3. To provide financial support to Buddhist societies via Buddhist Undergraduates’ activities foundation
  4. To organise Buddhist Career Workshop for graduates
  1. To actively collaborate with media to promote Buddhist education
  2. To strengthen Secretariat’s operational and management system
  3. To establish a comprehensive financial system, marketing plan, and donor system to ensure long term sustainability towards financial autonomy
  4. To strengthen the relationship and interaction with government agencies, local or foreign youth organisations
To unite and rally the Member Organisations, basing on fellowship in the Dharma, to develop Buddhism in Malaysia
Cultivation of Religious Sentiment Dharma and Psychological Guidance
  1. To promote the guidance and discussion session with Sappurisa to enhance committee members’ confidence in Dharma
  1. To provide a comprehensive range of psychological guidance services via ‘Pelita Psychological Guidance Unit’
  2. To develop and implement local Buddhism based psychological guidance services.
  3. To promote internal developmental programme of Buddhist Counselling and improve the coherence among the members of MOs.
  4. To train and provide speakers for public talks

Our Album

YBAM always uphold the vision and mission to propagate Dharma through education and training. However, such continuation requires supports from the public.

YBAM has been recruiting talents from every corner of the country, with the hope to continue nurturing the future generations, and purifying the heart of every human being in the society. The support and participation from all Buddhist organisations and the public is essential to make sure the mission is achieved.

Hence, YBAM seeks your support and together we build the Malaysian Buddhism.