We see ourselves as a dynamic platform where engaged Buddhists can share resources and work together for the betterment of the Buddhist community and, ultimately, the society.
Dharma In Action Limited (DIA) started as a gathering of enthusiastic Buddhists promoting Buddhist lifestyle in February 2008. By February 2009, DIA was officially incorporated in Singapore as a company limited by guarantee to further our mission of innovating cultural and educational programmes that are related to Buddhism.
What are Dharma In Action’s Programs?
DIA’s two main programs are its Annual Signature Event and collaborative initiatives supporting Buddhist youths. The 2008 Annual Signature Event was a Buddhist Youth Conference attracting 150 participants and 19 speakers. T.H.I.S. Buddhist Film Festival 2009 brought Buddhist teachings, histories and cultures to more than 5,000 audiences in September. Buddhist Conference 2554 – Creating Happiness in the Here and Now was held on 23 October 2010 for 600 participants. In conjunction with the Conference, a Fringe Programme comprising 10 Dharma talks and workshops from May to October 2010 attracted more than 500 participants thus far.
With a firm belief in collaboration, DIA supported the OM music Workshop which was born from the 2008 Buddhist Youth Conference by youths keen to promote positive values through music and performances. Their first concert in February 2009 featured 20 young musicians and attracted 80 audiences. A second concert was held in April 2009. Also born from the 2008 Buddhist Youth Conference was the Buddhist Youth Leadership camp, Camp L.I.O.N.S. Initiated by youth leaders in June 2009, it was attended by 75 youth leaders from 9 Buddhist youth groups. Camp L.I.O.N.S. II, held in June 2010, was attended by 100 youth leaders from 10 Buddhist youth groups. Camp L.I.O.N.S. III was also held in June 2011.
In addition to supporting Camp L.I.O.N.S., DIA also provided a platform to a group of young Buddhists who developed a public education project, “Agree to Disagree – Conversations on Conversion“.
Progress of Dharma In Action
|February||Dharma In Action (DIA) was formed||A gathering of energetic and enthusiastic Buddhists working together to promote fellowship and Buddhist lifestyle events|
|August 23rd||1st Project: Buddhist Youth Conference 2008||
|November||2nd Project: T.H.I.S. Buddhist Film Festival 2009 was initiated||
|February||Dharma In Action was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee||To carry out non-profit activities promoting the learning and practice of Buddhist lifestyle and education|
|February 8th||OM Music Workshop – Music Connection 1||
|April 18th||OM Music Workshop – Music Connection 2||
|June||Buddhist Youth Leadership Camp – Camp L.I.O.N.S 2009||Organized by Buddhist youth leaders for Buddhist youth leaders – 75 youths from 9 Buddhist youth groups attended|
|September 13th – 19th||T.H.I.S. Buddhist Film Festival 2009||
|May 8th to Oct 2nd||What is Happiness: Fringe Programme of the Buddhist Conference 2554 (BC2554)||11 events including Dharma talks, professional workshops, and youth leadership camp attended by more than 600 participants to date.|
|Oct 23rd||Buddhist Conference 2554 – Creating Happiness in the Here and Now||A day of insightful talks and workshops offering take home practical tips for creating true happiness in your everyday life.|
|June 16 – 19||Buddhist Youth Leadership Camp – Camp LIONS 2011||Organized by Buddhist youth leaders for Buddhist youth leaders – 80 youths from 12 Buddhist youth groups attended|
|July 1st||Applying Mindfulness for Personal and Family Success||A talk by Dr Tan Eng Kong on applying mindfulness for harmonious relationships and personal career development.|
|July 2nd||Combating Compassion Fatigue at the Workplace||A workshop by Dr Tan Eng Kong for social service and healthcare professionals to combat compassion fatigue using remedies from Western psychology and Buddhist teachings|
Who are in Dharma In Action?
DIA currently has three directors, a secretariat staff, a core team of 20 volunteers and network of 40. The DIA network will grow with more like-minded Buddhists and supporters. The directors are founding director Teo Puay Kim, Lim Seow Yuin and Yap Ching Wi. Puay Kim is a tourism consultant and the President of the NUS Buddhist Society Alumni. He is active in Buddhist work for more than ten years. Seow Yuin has over five years of experience in the non-profit sector, with expertise in project management and administration. Ching Wi is a social worker and trainer with more than 18 years of experience. She is active in Buddhist work for ten years.
Contact Dharma In Action
Mailing Address: 10 Anson Road #31-10 International Plaza, Singapore 079903
Email: info (at) dharmainaction.net
Registration No.: 200903140E
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