A memorable place back in early 1998 for myself...when still a Christian and still questioning and studying on Buddhism...visiting them one afternoon when they had a Dharma Assembly was going on....thinking it was another uneventful visit...
When I stepped into their premises and just taking off my shoes, for no apparent reason, I was overcame by a very strong sudden stirring of dizziness and vomiting and noticed that my suppression of it as I entered their Main Shrine, became worst until I literally had to run out to the drain outside and threw up. My friend who had followed me was equally shocked and both of us were left wondering what had happened.
But when I had stepped out, it was like as if nothing had happened, my physical condition was back to normal, like nothing of that dizziness and throwing up was there. So, when I attempted a second time of re-entry, the same nauseous condition returned. Sensing something was amiss, we left the place.
The place in the story is the 'Bao Lin Fa Yuan' (Treasure Forest Dharma Garden) or they are also known as 'Po Lin Monastery' and located in the oldest part of the city, Petaling Jaya, State of Selangor, West Malaysia.
This Vihara has a Main Shrine Hall, library, a small garden, memorial hall and Sangha quarters for a community of Bhikshunis. One of the cleanest and near smokeless place, 'untypical' for a standard Chinese Buddhist temple in my country, the place is serene, quiet and cool, ideal for one to sit in meditation there. And they have an automatic gate whereby a visitor have to ring the main gate bell to be allowed in. When checking their Venerable Founders
memorial ancestral tablets, it seems that they are descended from the Linji House of Ch'an, one of the 5 Houses of Ch'an from China (comparable to the Japanese Rinzai Zen)
(And no, my occasional visits did not had the incident described above after being a Buddhist...
)Po Lin Monastery: Part 1