About Aloka Foundation
Aloka Foundation is a non-profit organisation incorporated in 2002 under the Companies Act,1965 to establish and operate retreat centres and carry out activities to promote educational, humanitarian and spiritual activities for the well being and happiness of all Malaysians regardless of ethnicity, creed, and belief.
Aloka Foundation’s initial project was the establishment of Alokarama, an eco-holistic retreat centre located on a 22-acre orchard near Asahan in Tampin district at the south-eastern corner of Negeri Sembilan and bordering the state of Johore and Malacca. Since its completion in 2006, Alokarama has been the host venue for many healthy mind and body weekend retreats and workshops.
Other Aloka Foundation projects that have brought a multitude of benefits to many include :-
- ALERT (Aloka Emergency Readiness Team) which is focused on preparing the community physically, psychologically, and spiritually in facing and managing crises,
- Green Thumbs that promotes planting of herbs and the greater awareness of their medicinal value as well as the cultivation of vegetables and crops to sustain and nourish
- Good Heart that is dedicated to compassionate care in providing assistance and spiritual support to elders and friends
- Education which focuses on holistic education to develop peace loving, well rounded and confident individuals.
About Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia (BMSM)
In 1961, Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda, the abbot of the Brickfields Buddhist Maha Vihara, saw the need to establish a society to bring forth the message of the Buddha to the masses. He then gathered a group of Buddhists for this purpose. Consequently, the Buddhist Missionary Society was registered on April 3, 1962.
In 1996, following an amendment to its Constitution, its name was changed to “Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia” (BMSM), allowing it to establish Branches, thus making it a national Buddhist organization. Currently, it has established branches in Kajang and Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam. It also has a meditation and retreat centre known as “Dhammavijaya” in Dengkil, Selangor.
To date BMSM has more than 10,000 members throughout the country compared to 27 members when it first started.