Venerable Thubten Chodron Offers Key Strategies for Buddhist Youth Leaders

Venerable Thubten Chodron shared some useful advice about how young Buddhist leaders can benefit others and themselves in a recent dialogue with youths.

Organised and compiled by Ow Yeong Wai Kit:

  1. Think deeply and set your own priorities.
  2. Consider the advice of elders and seniors, but make your own decisions.
  3. Manage conflicts openly and calmly.
  4. Be flexible with your plans.
  5. Think carefully before making commitments.
  6. Balance time and resources to increase effectiveness.
  7. Evaluate monastic and lay teachers before accepting their teachings.
  8. Reach out to nominal Buddhists by emphasizing the Buddha’s love and compassion.
  9. Be sensitive to the differences between people.
  10. Develop self-confidence.

Religious Harmony Destroyer — Pastor Rony Tan?

Senior Pastor Rony Tan of Lighthouse Evangelism blasted Buddhism and Taoism at his church sessions, recorded them on video and posted them on the Lighthouse Evangelism’s website.

These offensive video clips were subsequently removed on the church’s website but they had already made their way onto YouTube.

The Government’s Internal Security Department (ISD) hauled up the Christian church leader and told him that what he did was wrong. ISD told him that in proselytising his religion, he must not run down other faiths, and must be mindful of the sensitivities of other religions.

Pastor Tan has apologised after being called up by the ISD.

References:

Pastor’s comments on Buddhism/Taoism inappropriate & unacceptable MHA | ChannelNewsAsia

Pastor called up by ISD | Straits Times

Pastor apologises personally to Buddhist & Taoist federations | ChannelNewsAsia

Call for restraint | Straits Times

DPM Wong says glad to note Pastor Tan realised his mistake | ChannelNewsAsia

Reason pastor not arrested | TODAYonline

Pastor’s apology accepted | Straits Times

What is your reaction to the insensitive remarks made by Pastor Rony Tan? | TODAYonline

S’poreans must not run down or trivialise others’ beliefs: SM Goh | ChannelNewsAsia