The 【Mindfulness vs Speed】 event on 29th July 2023 at Sepang International Circuit marked a historic moment, gathering over 700 participants and becoming Malaysia’s pioneering initiative of its kind globally.
Originally a fundraiser for Maha Karuna Vihara establishment, the event exceeded expectations, transforming into a significant educational and charitable affair. Various contributors generously supported the building fund, extending opportunities to students and young individuals.
Notably, the event attracted a substantial presence of students, with over 400 students and more than 300 undergraduates hailing from Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology. Their enthusiastic engagement and curiosity added a dynamic flair to the proceedings. Participating students had a study tour of the Sepang International Circuit, sparking awareness about mindfulness as a valuable life skill. The event aimed to inspire the younger generation to embrace mindfulness, thereby fostering happier and more successful lives.
The Minister of Tourism, YB Dato Seri Tiong King Sing, recognized the event’s educational importance, elevating it beyond a mere fundraiser. Special guest Chan Fong added charm and rapport to the occasion. The President of Young Buddhist Association Malaysia, Bro. Yong Kuei Yong, Vice President Bro. Ch’Ng Kok Sheng, National Council Member Sis. Wong Chiew Peng presented at the event.
During the process of planning and organizing this event in less than one month time, Chairwoman Ms. Yee Shin emphasised the core value of looking beyond appearances, stating “𝗗𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗷𝘂𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗯𝘆 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿. 𝗘𝗵𝗶𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗸𝗼! 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗲𝗲, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄.” This guiding principle inspired her to lead with an open heart, not only to raise funds for the construction of Maha Karuna Vihara but also to give back to the public through education. Her dedication showcased mindfulness’s true significance in a unique way.
The title “Mindfulness,” proposed by the main sponsor, connects profoundly with Buddhist teachings from over 2600 years ago, emphasizing mindfulness as a crucial skill not only for racing but also for daily life.
“Beyond the racetrack, this timeless concept of mindfulness reveals its universal significance. By integrating mindfulness into every facet of our lives, we bear witness to its transformative power in countless daily activities. As we imbue mindfulness into our routines, its positive impact become evident, touching various aspects of our existence. 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗳𝗮𝗿 𝗯𝗲𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝗹 𝗺𝗲𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀; 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗯𝗲 𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀, 𝟮𝟰 𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀 𝗮 𝗱𝗮𝘆. Mindfulness is about being fully present and aware in each moment, whether we are engaged in routine activities or facing challenges. “ said 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑪𝒉𝒊𝒆𝒇 𝑹𝒆𝒗. 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒕𝒂𝒘𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒆 𝑺𝒓𝒊 𝑺𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒂𝒏𝒌𝒂𝒓𝒂 𝑴𝒂𝒉𝒂 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒂.
By combining Buddhist organization and motorsports, the event provided an educational perspective on mindfulness to the public, fostering compassion and harmony in society.
“Mindfulness vs Speed” is an event with profound significance, combining the seemingly contrasting concepts of “mindfulness” and “speed.” In this event, people explore and experience how to maintain inner calm and focus amidst the fast-paced modern life.
Mindfulness refers to being fully aware of the present moment, free from the worries of the past or future, and being fully engaged in the current experience. It originates from Buddhist teachings but has now become a global lifestyle and practice, widely applied for stress reduction, fearless, improving life quality, and emotional management.
On the other hand, “speed” represents the fast-paced and efficient nature of modern society, where people often seek quick results and swift accomplishments. By blending these two concepts together, the event aims to convey an important message to participants: in the modern world, we can remain calm and focused while pursuing efficiency in daily productivity activities. Mindfulness helps us stay composed amidst the rapid changes, enabling us to fully experience life and better cope with challenges and stress.
The event demonstrates the practical applications and benefits of mindfulness through unique approaches like racing sports, experiential tours, etc. It encourages people not only to cultivate mindfulness during meditation but also to integrate it into every moment of their daily lives, creating a more balanced, joyful, and meaningful life.
Overall, the event aims to inspire people to find inner strength and wisdom while seeking balance and happiness in today’s contemporary life, embracing mindfulness as a way of being. The success is credited to the generous support of the main sponsor, Mr. Franco of Ocullo, and contribution from Mr. Michael, Mr. Tee, and Siang.
The involvement of voluntary members from individual, media and various tertiary educational centers played a significant role in coordinating the event, and the organisers express their heartfelt wishes for the well-being and happiness of all participants.
As we embrace mindfulness, we embark on a transformative journey, nurturing a deeper connection to ourselves and others, illuminating our path with wisdom, compassion, and profound inner peace.