Spiritual Tea Breaks: The interviews with Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda from June 2001 to February 2002
By Lim Kooi Fong, The Buddhist Channel, August 20, 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – From June 26, 2001 to February 16, 2002, Lim Kooi Fong interviewed the late Chief Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Nayaka Thera (lovingly addressed as “Chief”) in his office at the Buddhist Maha Vihara, Kuala Lumpur. The interviews, six altogether called “Spiritual Tea Breaks with K Sri Dhammananda”, was an effort to compile thoughts of the late venerable in preparation to commemorate his 50 years of Dhammaduta, which was observed in 2002.
Below are excerpts of some gems captured during the eight months spent exclusively with Malaysia’s most famous monk.
How did God arise?
(Interview date: June 26, 2001)
On women and Bhikkunis (nuns)
(Interview date: July 18, 2001)
(Interview dates: September 13 and October 10, 2001)
The need for religion
(Interview date: October 10, 2001)
On the true spirit of Buddhist education
(Interview date: November 6, 2001)
Conventional views are not reality. Let me give an example. Regular people refer to chest pains as ‘heart attack’. But to a doctor, it is referred to as ‘cardiac infarction’. Such definition enables entirely different type of approaches in prescribing the cure.
On being Chief and the future of Buddhism in Malaysia
(Interview date: February 16, 2002)