The Sacred Space

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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Mon May 18, 2009 7:07 am

Wat Chetawan: Part 6
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The New 3 Storey Shrine Hall (under construction)
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Tue May 19, 2009 7:11 am

This temple, dedicated to Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, is known as 'The Kwan Inn Teng' (Pavilion of Avalokitesvara) was founded in 1952, located in the oldest part of city, Petaling Jaya in the state of Selangor, West Malaysia.
With the mission started by the late Elder Master Ven Jìng An(镜盦), who originated from Fujian, China, it has grown from a simple temple to a large one in a place where it was a remote barren land to a bustling residential and commercial area.
Between 1968, 1984 and up until today, it had underwent renovations and expansions to accommodate a Main Shrine Hall, small pharmacy, library, education centers, car park, Sutra Canon Hall, Sangha quarters, gardens, tea house and so forth.
In 1973, it was given the right to establish the "Guanyin Pavilion Petaling Welfare Association", for the welfare of the elderly and sick, with a charity status today known as the "Guanyin Pavilion Welfare Fund" (Kwan Inn Teng Foundation).
In 1991, it was privileged to have received imperial Buddha relics from Thailand.
And by 1992, the Elder Master pioneered a homegrown magazine called 'Mercy' ('慈悲' or also Compassion) and even had a fund raised known as the 'Mercy First Aid Fund' by its third quarterly issue for charitable welfare purposes.
Link in Chinese: http://www.mybuddhist.net/cms/damafojia ... /3095.html
The late Elder Master was succeeded by the current Abbot, Ven Ming Yi in 1999 (here, here and here) together with the Temple Superintendent, Ven Master Ming Ji (here and here)

Kwan Inn Teng: Part 1
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Tue May 19, 2009 7:43 am

Kwan Inn Teng: Part 2
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Main Shrine: Right Side of Main Altar
The Shramanera Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva with the Mani Jewel, Khakkaram and Vairocana Crown and many variations of Sakyamuni, Amitabha & Avalokitesvara statues
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Main Shrine Hall: Left of Main Altar
The Shramanera Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva with the Mani Jewel and Khakkaram and many variations of Amitabha & Avalokitesvara statues
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Main Shrine Hall: Main Altar
Centre top: The Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva as Maha Cundi
Left top: The Naga Girl
Right top: Sudhana
Bottom left: Dharma Protector Jie Lan Bodhisattva
Bottom Right: Dharma Protector Wei Tuo (Skanda) Bodhisattva
Other front statues:
Another seated Avalokitesvara statue
Sakyamuni Buddha (Chinese, Burmese & Thai styles)
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Tue May 19, 2009 7:54 am

Kwan Inn Teng: Part 3
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Tea House Area:
Image of the late Elder Master Founder, Ven Jing An with his photo of receiving a Malaysian Government award in 1995. A check in their Ancestral Memorial Hall seems to reveal that they belong to the Caodong (Soto Zen in Japan) School of Ch'an (one of the 5 Schools of Ch'an)
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Main Shrine Wall Mural: The Buddha and the Dharma Assembly 2
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Main Shrine Wall Mural: The Buddha and the Dharma Assembly 1
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Tue May 19, 2009 8:00 am

Kwan Inn Teng: Part 4
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Auxiliary Shrine Hall:Framed Mural Piece
The Three Sages & the Western Pure Land
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Auxiliary Shrine Hall:Wall Mural Piece
Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva with the Dharma Assembly
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Auxiliary Shrine Hall:
Centre: The Reclining Sakyamuni Buddha
Left: Samantabhadra Bodhisattva
Right: Manjusri Bodhisattva
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Tue May 19, 2009 8:06 am

Kwan Inn Teng: Part 5
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Right glass door of Main Shrine Hall: Jie Lan Bodhisattva
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Left glass door of Main Shrine Hall: Skanda (Wei Tuo) Bodhisattva
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Auxiliary Shrine Hall: A Traditional Ornate Chinese Buddhist Altar
Centre: Sakyamuni Buddha Left: Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Right: Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Tue May 19, 2009 8:12 am

Kwan Inn Teng: Part 6
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A close up of the Chinese styled Bhaisajya-Guru Buddha statue
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The Shrine to Bhaisajya-Guru Buddha: located above the Ancestral Memorial Hall
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One of the many 'concessions' of certain Chinese Buddhist temples: a shrine to local Chinese devas with a joss paper burning chimney (located outside and next to the Ancestral Memorial Hall)
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Tue May 19, 2009 8:16 am

Kwan Inn Teng: Part 7
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Temple Garden: Standing Guan Yin statue
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Temple Garden: Standing Amitabha Statue
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Temple Garden: Grotto of Guan Yin
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Sat May 23, 2009 2:23 pm

Persatuan Meditasi Fo Guang Shan Selangor (Fo Guang Shan Meditation Society of Selangor-West Malaysia)
Located just 5 minutes away by walking from where I used to live, my affinities with this place dated back to 1998 until 2001 and am still visiting this place from time to time for New/Full Moon or Solemnity Days.

It was this place where I received the Triple Refuge/Five Precepts in an English private ceremony (due to certain circumstances....that's another long story...). Being a shop lot, it has a kitchen with dining areas for the public and Monastics, office reception, Dharma bookstore, 2 visitors room, an office for the Abbess or Resident Monastic, a strictly herbal only TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) clinic with a qualified Chinese physician, a secondary meeting hall, more offices for Fo Guang Shan affiliates, Main Shrine/Western Hall of Merits and Sangha quarters.

The Monastics are rotated every few years and so in one round, it's all Bhikshus or another will be an all Bhikshunis team. During my time, they were very fortunate to have had a very outgoing and visionary minded Abbess for the Malaysian Chapters and who was also my Preceptor. Her assistant, was an equally strict and particularly detailed personality, from whom I have learned so much on Chinese Mahayana Buddhism in both aspects of Teaching and Ritual, with an emphasis of Fo Guang Shan, of course.

What one sees today in the photos are the renovations and expansions done throughout the years.
The Main Shrine used to be a walk in type of wooden built panel but now one sees it as just a standard layout.
The Western Hall of Merits has undergone 2 changes so far in total.

Here are some links on them:
The Motherhouse in Taiwan: http://www.fgs.org.tw/english/index/index.htm
The Malaysian Website: http://www.fgs.org.my/cny2009/eng/main_eng.htm
The Founder: (The Venerable Master Hsing Yun [Xing Yun], Founder of FGS and 48th Patriarch of Linji Ch'an School, one of the 5 Houses of Ch'an [Rinzai Zen in Japan])
http://www.buddhanet.net/masters/hsing_yun.htm
http://www.fgs.org.tw/english/index/index.htm
Sample Chinese Youtube Videos on the Venerable Master:(sorry no translation)
On the overview of the Main Monastery:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvJwoOqF ... 4&index=14
On the overview of the Great Shrine Hall:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22NJRQ7z ... playnext=1

Persatuan Meditasi Fo Guang Shan Selangor: Part 1
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Sat May 23, 2009 2:32 pm

Persatuan Meditasi Fo Guang Shan Selangor: Part 2
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Sat May 23, 2009 2:40 pm

Persatuan Meditasi Fo Guang Shan Selangor: Part 3
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Sat May 23, 2009 2:56 pm

Persatuan Meditasi Fo Guang Shan Selangor: Part 4
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Sat May 23, 2009 3:12 pm

Persatuan Meditasi Fo Guang Shan Selangor: Part 5
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Sat May 23, 2009 3:39 pm

Persatuan Meditasi Fo Guang Shan Selangor: Part 6
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Sat May 23, 2009 3:56 pm

Persatuan Meditasi Fo Guang Shan Selangor: Part 7
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Mon May 25, 2009 7:17 am

The Buddhist Maha Vihara, Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia. (The first Theravada temple that I had visited)
Their Main Link: http://www.buddhistmahavihara.com/
The Late Chief Maha Thera: http://www.ksridhammananda.com/
Other links:
http://www.stsite.com/vihara/
http://www.stsite.com/vihara/panorama.php

The Buddhist Maha Vihara: Part 1
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Mon May 25, 2009 7:20 am

The Buddhist Maha Vihara: Part 2
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Mon May 25, 2009 7:38 am

The Buddhist Maha Vihara: Part 3
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Main Shrine Hall: (Main Altar)
Close up of sitting Buddha
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Overview of Main Altar:
The Buddha was flanked by His 2 Chief Disciples: Elders Sariputta (Sariputra) and Maha Mogallana-(previously in green face as in the site below) (Maha Maudgalyayana)
See link:
http://www.stsite.com/vihara/tempint.php
(some photos in the link are b4 the latest temple renovation/upgrade)
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The Original Main Shrine Hall
See links:
http://www.stsite.com/vihara/vihara.php
http://www.stsite.com/vihara/mshrine.php
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Mon May 25, 2009 7:44 am

The Buddhist Maha Vihara: Part 4
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Re: The Sacred Space

Postby thornbush » Mon May 25, 2009 7:53 am

The Buddhist Maha Vihara: Part 5
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Overview of the Pagoda
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Memorial opening plaque of the Pagoda
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The International Buddhist Pagoda
A link to inside of the Pagoda:
http://doralinleespalace.blogspot.com/2009/05/wesak-day-at-mahavihara.html
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