“We all have the potential to be enlightened and awakened, just like the Buddha.” – Michelle Ang
Inspiring Buddhist Youths
To celebrate Vesak 2560 and the Singapore Buddhist Youth Day 2016, two films are launched to inspire Buddhist youths. Sis Michelle Ang emphasizes self-compassion and right motivation while Bro Kan Rong Hui advocates kindness and collective action.
In this video, Sis Michelle offers 3 advice to her 21-year-old self, “I think first of all, don’t be so hard on yourself, and that it’s ok to make mistakes. The next thing I would like to share is to not judge yourself for things that should be right or things that you do wrongly. And the last thing that I would like to share is to truly love yourself and accept yourself for who you are.”
Enjoy this video and may you be enlightened and awakened, just like the Buddha.
This inaugural event aims to foster spiritual friendship among Buddhist youths and show our gratitude to Singapore. On 9 July 2016, youths can sign up for an act of gratitude to Singapore. You can choose to serve the environment, elderly or the poor. In addition, friendship games, meditation and a concert await you. Register now at buddhistyouth.sg/gratitude. All are welcome, bring your friends along!
Singapore Buddhist Youth Day 2016 -Youths In Action is organised by a steering committee comprising leaders from various youth groups (Buddhist Fellowship Youth, Singapore Buddhist Mission Youth, 108 degree, & READ) and supported by the Buddhist Fellowship, Rangjung Yeshe Oddiyana and Vimalakirti Buddhist Centre. Secretariat support is provided by the BuddhistYouth Network.
About Sis Michelle Ang
An active Buddhist since her tertiary institution days, Michelle Ang was a Saturday School Teacher at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery for a year in 2005, before going on to intern at the Monastery’s Youth Ministry. It was also during this time that she met her first meditation teacher, Venerable Mahinda, and she has been practicing meditation under his guidance since.
In 2006, she joined Singapore Buddhist Mission (Youth) for a few years and later moved on to Singapore Buddhist Federation (SBF) Youth, where she was Vice-President for 4 years. She is now one of the Youth advisors, focusing on developing the leaders’ spiritual cultivation. In 2012, she and a few dharma brothers and sisters started the Metta Round the World initiative, with the encouragement and support of Venerable Mahinda and Venerable Seck Kwang Phing. The launch was followed by a year of monthly metta practice sessions (also know as ‘metta circles’) on full moon days and was held at various temples in Singapore. This led on to the inaugural Metta Convention – Meeting of Hearts in 2013, where she was one of the organizers.
An editor with a Parenting e-magazine and resource portal in Singapore, she also contributes to Nanyang Buddhist, Singapore Buddhist Federation (SBF) quarterly journal and For You, an independent monthly Buddhist publication.
When the mood strikes, she paints, sketches and dabbles in poetry. One of her poetry piece ‘Lotus in the Pond’ was published in Walden to Woodlands: An Anthology of Nature Poems by Ethos Books in 2015. She dedicates this video to her mother and father, for their quiet and unwavering support throughout her life, and to her spiritual teachers.