The World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB)
The World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB) was established on Global Buddhist Congregation – GBC held on July 2017 in Malaysia 2560 B.E. under the Chairmanship of the Founder / President of World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB) and Chairman of the Executive Council Meeting of WAB Most Venerable Palawadhammo (Dr. Pornchai Pinyapong). The World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB) is a network of international Buddhist organizations with worldwide membership from Buddhist temples, organizations, Buddhist educational institutions and individual Buddhist leaders. To propagate, protect, and promote Buddhism as well as for betterment of the Buddhist society globally, the World Alliance of Buddhists has been formed. Seventy-two organizations from thirty-two countries have joined together to spread Lord Buddha’s teaching in all over the world to establish happiness, peace and harmony. World Alliance of Buddhists has been considered among its affiliated organizations as synonymous with unity for welfare of Buddhist society.
The Aims and Objectives of the World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB) are: 01 – To be an international platform for global Buddhist Organizations, Buddhist Leaders, Buddhist Scholars and Sangha institutions and communities. 02 – To foster collaboration, unity and solidarity among all Buddhists, Buddhist Organizations, and Sangha monks worldwide. 03 – To propagate, protect and promote Buddhism and the Buddha Dharma globally. 04 – To guide, develop, train, educate and empower Buddhist Youth, and new Buddhist converts to be future Buddhist Leaders. 05 – Protection, promotion and preservation of ancient Buddhist Heritage and archeological sites and monuments globally. 06 – To coordinate, enhance friendship, knowledge sharing and exploration of Buddhist doctrines, among all the four major Buddhist traditions around the World namely- Mahayana, Theravada, Vajirayana and Tantrayana. 07 – To organize and carry out moral, social and dharma activities in the field of social, educational and others humanitarian services for the wellbeing and benefit of humanity. 08 – To do all things necessary and suitable, or for the attainment, of any and all of the primary purposes herein enumerated or incidental to the powers herein named, or which shall at any time appear conducive or expedient for the protection or benefits of the organization and its members.
The World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB) Mission is Protection, Promotion and Propagation of Buddhism in all over the World. Their Vision is Unity of the Buddhist World. The World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB) activities are 01 – Global Buddhist Congregation – Thailand – 2016 / Malaysia – 2017 /Myanmar – 2018. 02 – (WAB) Executive Council Meetings – South Korea / Sri Lanka / Malaysia. 03 – Global Buddhist Forum & Sangha Summit in conjunction with GBC. 04 – Buddhist Leadership Training Programme – International Ordination Programme / Buddhist Leadership Training Programme ( UG5 & other Course) 05 – International Buddhist Youth Exchange Programme. 06 – Dhamma Activities – Mahasangha Dana / Buddha Relics Distribution / International Kathina Ceremonies. 07 – Humanitarian – Help for Flooding in Sri Lanka / Help for Earthquake in Myanmar. 08 – Buddhist Holy Day & Auspicious Day – Maga Puja Day / Vesak Day / Earth Day – April 22 / World Meditation Day – Aug 06 / World Peace Day Sep 21. 09 – Award Programmes – WBOLA / Women Outstanding in Buddhism Awards. 10 – WAB HQ activities – Media – Newsletter, Fan page, Website / Coordinating Center for GBC, Ex Co , RCs activities / Daily Dhammachak Chanting / Dhamma activities – Alms Offering, Sangha Dana, etc.
The World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB) logo meaning is Dharma Wheel with the “triangle” in the center symbolizes “the Triple Gems” and Buddhism, flank by the letter W = (World) and B = (Buddhist). The three bases of the Lotus representing precepts (Sila), meditation (Bhavana) & wisdom (Panna) which forms the foundation of Buddhism. The six (6) colors (Blue, Red, Orange, Yellow, White and Iridescence), represent the aura emanating from the Buddha’s body when he attained enlightenment, which is also the colors of the international Buddhist Flag. The round shape signifies the readiness of the wheel to propagate the Buddha’s teachings to any region of the world.
Most Venerable Palawadhammo (Dr. Pornchai Pinyapong) The President of World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB) and Chairman of the Executive Council Meeting of WAB mentioned about “Dhamma Propagation in Artificial Intelligence”. Today’s world constantly undergoes drastic and abundant change, especially in the domain of technology. Almost everyone has smart mobile phone. We can contact each other very easy across the globe. We use social media to contact each other. We can see any programs we want by youtube in anytime. We can search any information we want on google, we can study from online university, ect. Do you think what will happen in the next 30 years for the new technology especially AI or Artificial Intelligence? The year 2050, That’s the year in which artificial intelligence will be able to perform any intellectual task a human can perform, according to one survey of experts at a recent AI conference. Anything and everything any person have ever done in all of history —all of it doable, by 2050, by intelligent machines. And If you are Buddhists how about Dhamma propagation and Education with AI or Artificial Intelligence?
AI and its miracle works – AI or Artificial Intelligence started developing since 1950. AI can help us for the comfortable life like a good assistant in every lifestyle both personal and big scale work. As we known now Xinhua use AI reporter and it look almost same as the professional reporter whom AI copy. In China, they said that the government put AI Education for academic in the constitution of China. Moreover, AI can write 30 financial articles per day for website investor of Korea , AI can have self-learning till AI Alpha Go can overcome the World Champion of Go Game, AI can design website, AI Self Driving Car can run successfully in 2017 , AI monks in the temple of China and japan can do some duty of monks such as answer the Dhamma questions and remember sutras in Tipitaka, ect. In the 7th Annual Conference of World Youth Buddhist Society (WYBS) in Chiangmai on 2016 led by Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche, the speaker showed the poems and let the 1,000 International delegates in the hall to choose which one they like most and most of participants chose the one which create by AI.
It’s very good cause AI no hungry, no sleepy, no tiring, no boring, ect. So, it can work all day all night. If we compare AI with computer and robot, we can say that Computer work like worker or low educated people, Robot work like middle class people but AI work like high educated people. Many scholars said that in the future if AI clever than a man we should learn from AI.
Buddha’s Dhamma is timeless – Although technology change a lot, but the Dhamma of the Lord Buddha never changes and Defilements in human mind never change too. Lord Buddha always taught us about the 4 Noble truth which comprise of suffering (dukkha) , cause of suffering (samudaya), cessation of dukkha (nirhodha) , path that frees us from suffering (magga). AI or Artificial Intelligence can help us for the comfortable life and free from suffering from the physical or economic but for suffering from society and defilement we need the Dhamma of the Lord Buddha to solve this problem. The Noble Eightfold Path encompasses morality, mindfulness, and wisdom are the way to solve the problem.
Dhamma propagation and education in the AI Era – Technology develop all the time so for BUDDHIST Propagation we should not reject them, but we use them as a vehicle to bring Buddha’s Dharma all over the world. Now we can propagate the Dhamma of the lord Buddha by sattelite such as Da Ai TV , Lotus Channel in Taiwan. By social media such as Facebook, YouTube , Google , ect. . Dhamma is timeless while the defilement of all human be timeless despite technology change. We can do more good deeds using technology while we can do more bad deeds or bad Kamma by technology too. AI can be an instrument to propagate the Dhamma of Lord Buddha to people of the world while good people can be role model of AI to copy. So, to train people to be a good people with morality and mindfulness are very important. AI need role model so we should put more role model for AI. AI support the propagation of Dhamma while the propagation of Dhamma create good people to be role model for AI. While Buddhist Education should be the way to create good habits for the learner and good habit for the AI.
Lord Buddha said that Mano pup-pung Kama Dhamma Mano Settha Mano Maya, everything up to our mind, our mind is Chief, Our Mind is Master, if our mind good , we speak good ,we do good. Mahatma Gandhi share with us that “Keep your thoughts positive because your thought become YOUR WORDS. Keep your words positive because your words become YOUR BEHAVIOR / Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes YOUR HABITS / Keep your habits positive because your habits become YOUR VALUES / Keep your values positive because your values become YOUR DESTINY”. So Mind is the most important but must be in the good habit and it will become destiny not only us but destiny for people of the world.
Conclusion – AI or Artificial Intelligence have miracle works with numerous impressive things artificial intelligence can do today. So AI can be an instrument to propagate the Dhamma of Lord Buddha to people of the world while good people can be role model of AI to copy. Technology develop all the time so for BUDDHIST Propagation we should not reject them, but we use them as a vehicle to bring Buddha’s Dharma all over the world. Buddha teaching the product is very good just make in new packaging for more interesting by AI. While Buddhist Education should be the way to create good habits for the learner and good habit for the AI.
AI or Artificial Intelligence can help us for the comfortable life and free from suffering from the physical or economic but for suffering from society and defilement we need the Dhamma of the Lord Buddha from inner wisdom to solve this problem. Dhamma Intelligence is better than Artificial Intelligence.