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Buddhayana [佛乘] is an Indonesian Buddhist movement which respects the spirit of pluralism, inclusive, and non-sectarian. Inside the monasteries of Buddhayana, all mainstream Buddhists can live together in peace and flourish along with adapting to local cultures of Indonesia.

Mahabhiksu Ashin Jinarakkhita

Late venerable Ashin Jinarakkhita  after finishing his studies at the University of Gronigen Netherlands, he has taught at several schools in Jakarta. While he was active in Pemuda Teosofi and Gabungan Sam Kaw [三 教] Indonesia, and organized the first National Vesak celebration at Borobudur Temple in 1953. In the same year, coinciding with the celebration of enlightenment of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Guan Yin, 观音 菩萨), The Boan An ordained by the late Venerable Ben Qing  [本 清 老 和尚] as a novice with new name Ti Zheng [体 正]. Then he learned vipassana meditation in Burma (Myanmar) under the guidance of Sayadaw Mahasi and was ordained as a monk by him, and given the name Jinarakkhita [体 正 老 和尚]. He is the first Indonesian who accept the ordination of monks since the ruin of the kingdom of Sriwijaya and Majapahit.

Upon his return to homeland, he actively teaches meditation and gives lectures to various rural areas across Indonesia. He encouraged the establishment of monasteries and Buddhist associations of the city to the villages. Over this is incredible effort, Buddhism began to rise again.

In the year 1955, he establishe Lay Buddhist Oranization called Persaudaraan Upasaka-Upasika Indonesia (PUUI) as a forum for Indonesian Buddhists, who assists the monastic sangha. Along in its history, PUUI changed their name several times, and now uses the name Majelis Buddhayana Indonesia (MBI).

In 1960 establishe Sangha Suci Indonesia as a organization for the monastic member, in 1963 the name was changed to Maha Sangha of Indonesia. In year 1974 Maha Sangha Indonesia once again change into Sangha Agung Indonesia which consists of the Community of monastic member from Therawada, Mahayana and Tantrayana.(Ekacarya)


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