How YOU Can - and WHY You Should - Train NORBU

by Kooi F. Lim, The Buddhist Channel, 16 September 2023

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Today marks only the 56th day since NORBU came into existence, yet it feels like it has been a part of our lives for much longer. Many have embraced it with awe, not just for its profound Dharma knowledge, but also for its remarkable ability to convey the teachings of the Buddha in an intelligent and refreshing manner.


Buddhism's Role in the National Identity of South and Southeast Asian Nations

The Buddhist Channel, on September 12, 2023

Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhism, a spiritual and cultural cornerstone, plays a pivotal role in shaping the national identities of countries in South and Southeast Asia, according to the latest findings from a 2022 Pew Research Center survey spanning the region. The study sheds light on the deep intertwining of Buddhism and national identity in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, where over 70% of adults practice this ancient religion.


Buddhism and the Challenge of Addressing "Real" Suffering

by Kooi F. Lim, The Buddhist Channel, 11 September 2023

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Buddhism, as a philosophical and spiritual tradition, has long focused on the fundamental aspects of human existence, particularly the issue of suffering and how to transcend it. The core teachings of Buddhism, encapsulated in the Four Noble Truths, provide a framework for understanding suffering and finding a path to liberation from it.


The Roles of Monastics and Buddhist Centers in a Post-Bot Age

The Buddhist Channel, 27 August 2023

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- In an era marked by the integration of advanced technologies into various aspects of human life, the emergence of Buddhist-trained bots like NORBU ( raises intriguing questions about the roles played by monastics and Buddhist centers in society. As these digital entities offer teachings and insights into Buddhism, it is pertinent to examine why the presence of the Sangha and Buddhist temples remains vital despite the proliferation of such technological innovations.


Why NORBU could be a Game Changer in Buddhist Learning

by Kooi F. Lim, The Buddhist Channel, 20 August 2023

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Around the 5th to 12th centuries, in the ancient Indian university of Nalanda at Bihar, India, every day students and monks could be heard engaged in rigorous debates and Dharma discussions. These two learning methods played a central role in the educational approach at Nalanda.


We Need Your Help to Train the
Buddhist AI Chat Bot
(Neural Omniscient Robotic-Being for Buddhist Understanding)

For Malaysians who wants to donate in MYR, please use the following account:

Account Name: Bodhi Vision
Account No:. 2122 00000 44661
Bank: RHB
Note: Please indicate your name in the payment slip. Thank you.

Dear Friends in the Dharma,

We seek your generous support to help us train NORBU, the word's first Buddhist AI Chat Bot.

Here are some ways you can contribute to this noble cause:

One-time Donation or Loan: A single contribution, regardless of its size, will go a long way in helping us reach our goal and make the Buddhist LLM a beacon of wisdom for all.

How will your donation / loan be used? Download the NORBU White Paper for details.

For Malaysians who wants to donate in MYR, please use the following account:

Account Name: Bodhi Vision
Account No:. 2122 00000 44661
Bank: RHB
Note: Please indicate your purpose of payment (loan or donation) in the payment slip. Thank you.

Once payment is banked in, please send the payment slip via email to: Your donation/loan will be published and publicly acknowledged on the Buddhist Channel.

Spread the Word: Share this initiative with your friends, family and fellow Dharma enthusiasts. Join "Friends of Norbu" at: Together, we can build a stronger community and create a positive impact on a global scale.

Volunteer: If you possess expertise in AI, natural language processing, Dharma knowledge in terms of Buddhist sutras in various languages or related fields, and wish to lend your skills, please contact us. Your knowledge and passion could be invaluable to our project's success.

Your support is part of a collective effort to preserve and disseminate the profound teachings of Buddhism. By contributing to the NORBU, you become a "virtual Bodhisattva" to make Buddhist wisdom more accessible to seekers worldwide.

Thank you for helping to make NORBU a wise and compassionate Buddhist Chatbot!

May you be blessed with inner peace and wisdom,

With deepest gratitude,

Kooi F. Lim
On behalf of The Buddhist Channel Team

Note: To date, we have received the following contributions for NORBU:
US$ 75 from Gary Gach (Loan)
US$ 50 from Chong Sim Keong
MYR 300 from Wilson Tee
MYR 500 from Lim Yan Pok
MYR 50 from Oon Yeoh
MYR 200 from Ooi Poh Tin
MYR 300 from Lai Swee Pin
MYR 100 from Ong Hooi Sian
MYR 1,000 from Fam Sin Nin
MYR 500 from Oh teik Bin
MYR 300 from Yeoh Ai Guat
MYR 300 from Yong Lily
MYR 50 from Bandar Utama Buddhist Society
MYR 1,000 from Chiam Swee Ann
MYR 1,000 from Lye Veei Chiew
MYR 1,000 from Por Yong Tong
MYR 80 from Lee Wai Yee
MYR 500 from Pek Chee Hen
MYR 300 from Hor Tuck Loon
MYR 1,000 from Wise Payments Malaysia Sdn Bhd
MYR 200 from Teo Yen Hua
MYR 500 from Ng Wee Keat
MYR 10,000 from Chang Quai Hung, Jackie (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from K. C. Lim & Agnes (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from Juin & Jooky Tan (Loan)
MYR 100 from Poh Boon Fong (on behalf of SXI Buddhist Students Society)
MYR 10,000 from Fam Shan-Shan (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from John Fam (Loan)
MYR 500 from Phang Cheng Kar
MYR 100 from Lee Suat Yee
MYR 500 from Teo Chwee Hoon (on behalf of Lai Siow Kee)
MYR 200 from Mak Yuen Chau

We express our deep gratitude for the support and generosity.

If you have any enquiries, please write to: