Saturday, October 31, 2009

CHARTER FOR COMPASSION



NOVEMBER 12

"We are living in an age of commercial globalization. What we really need is spiritual globalization"

There is an urgent need for a new focus on compassion. Bringing together voices from all cultures and religions, the Charter seeks to remind the world we already share the core principles of compassion.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Public wants Ming Yi to disrobe

Public wants Ming Yi to disrobe


Some Singaporeans have expressed disappointment at Ming Yi after he was found guilty yesterday and there are even calls for him to disrobe!

Many are of the view that since Ming Yi was already pronounced guilty by the court, he should not continue to dorn the saffron robes and should draw a clear demarcation between himself and Buddhism.

Mr Liu, an owner of a hardware shop said:

“The Ming Yi saga will have an influence on how the laity view monkhood. He should disrobe as a Buddhist monk.”

Madam Fan, a housewife added:

“I am very disappointed with Ming Yi. I never expect as a Buddhist monk, he leads such an extravagant lifestyle. He should be punished by the law.”

President of the Singapore Buddhist Federation Venerable Kuang Shen opined that it is Ming Yi’s choice to decide if he wants to disrobe as it is his freedom to do so.

He said:

“This is a personal action of Ming Yi, nobody feels good about the entire episode. He has to be responsible for his karma.”

Ming Yi was one of the most prominent faces of Buddhism in Singapore. He became a Buddhist monk soon after completing his studies at Raffles Junior College.

After he founded Ren Ci, he remained as its CEO for more than 10 years before he resigned in 2007. He was the Secretary-General of the Singapore Buddhist Federation from 1996 to 2004.

Interview source: Lianhe Wanbao

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Ming Yi and aide guilty


Oct 8, 2009
Ming Yi and aide guilty
Monk convicted on charges related to $50,000 taken wrongfully from Ren Ci
By Carolyn Quek

Yesterday's guilty verdict brought to a close a 21-day trial and scandal that had dogged Ming Yi, 47, for nearly two years. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

CELEBRITY monk Shi Ming Yi strode into court on Wednesday for the verdict on his criminal trial with a smile that turned to a grimace of disappointment as soon as his judgment was read.

Guilty, said the judge, of all four counts relating to the $50,000 he had taken wrongfully from Ren Ci, the charity he had founded.

As murmurs ran around the packed courtroom in the highly watched case, District Judge Toh Yung Cheong also convicted his 34-year-old former aide, Raymond Yeung on two counts. The judge found that the former Ren Ci chief executive and his aide had conspired to make an unauthorised loan of $50,000 on May 17, 2004.

When the authorities started asking questions more than two years later, they cooked up a story about what the money was for.

He convicted the two men on one charge each of giving false information to the Commissioner of Charities (COC).

He also found Ming Yi guilty of two other charges of misappropriating $50,000 and lying to the COC in an oral statement.

Read the full story in Thursday's edition of The Straits Times

carolynq@sph.com.sg