New Centre Highlights

Main Shrine Hall

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The focal point of our new Centre will be the main shrine hall in which we will revere magnificent new statues of Shakyamuni Buddha, the Bodhisattvas Avalokiteshvara and White Tara.

Other highlights of the new Centre include statues of the Thousand Buddhas of the Fortunate Kalpa, Kangyur and Tengyur Text, five hundred stupas, one thousand Zambhala statues, an Amitabha Pureland Room for our beloved ones who have passed away, and many more.

This page will be updated progressively with design works of Buddha statues and interiors being finalised. So stay tuned, and we look forward to your generous support to make them happen.

Shakyamuni Buddha Statue

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Shakyamuni Buddha introduced Buddhism to the world some 2,500 years ago. Upon seeing the suffering in the world, he renounced his princely life of luxury in the palace and sought to find the path of enlightenment. After 6 years of ascetic hardship, he overcame the maras (demons obstructing true happiness) and finally gained enlightenment. He spent his life teaching the path to others, according to their capabilities. All Buddhist teachings today stem from him and we owe him an immense gratitude.

4 Armed Chenrezig Statue

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Chenrezig in Tibetan means “Eyes which behold everyone”. He is also known as Guan Yin in Mandarin and that means “Observing the sound or cries of the world”. He is the embodiment of the compassion of all Buddhas and has vowed to liberate all sentient beings before he himself gains enlightenment. He will help anyone in trouble or fear who simply recites his name or heart mantra “Om Mani Padme Hung”. Tirelessly assisting beings in gaining enlightenment, he appears in different forms to benefit them, regardless of gender, age or race, human or non-human.

White Tara Statue

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Tara vowed to gain enlightenment in the female form and has many different manifestations in order to help sentient beings. One form is that of White Tara, with seven wisdom eyes. She is also revered for her compassion and this particular form of Tara grants longevity and healing.

Karmapa’s Throne and Shangpa Rinpoche’s Throne

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The throne seat of a guru is the representation of His status and also of His presence in our centre. It is a symbol for us to recollect our guru and his kindness to us when he is not physically present. When he is in the centre to give teachings, give empowerments or lead in any pujas, he will be doing so from this seat. As a way of showing our devotion for Him and respect for His teachings, a beautiful and ornate throne seat is a wonderful offering.

1,000 Buddhas of the Fortunate Kalpa

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It is mentioned in the sutra that there will be 1,000 Buddhas in this kalpa (i.e., aeon or a very long period of time). Buddha Shakyamuni of our age is the 4th Buddha of this kalpa. Buddha Shakyamuni has also foretold that Karmapa would be the 6th Buddha of this kalpa, named Sengge Drag. Through the appearance of these 1,000 Buddhas, the fortunate sentient beings are able to gain enlightenment and be liberated from the sufferings of Samsara.

320 Kangyur and Tengyur texts

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The Kangyur refers to the Tibetan canon of Buddha’s teachings. These are teachings transmitted orally by Shakyamuni Buddha and carefully scribed by His disciples, exactly as Ananda with his perfect memory had recalled the teachings. The recording of the Buddha’s teachings was done after His death, during a council attended by 500 arahants, all of whom were the Buddha’s disciples. These teachings were accepted by all 500 arahants as being authentic and exactly what Shakyamuni Buddha had taught. The Tengyur are commentaries on the Sutras and Tantras by learned and accomplished masters of India. Reading of the Tengyur helps one to gain insights into the teachings by Shakyamuni Buddha.

500 Stupas

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A stupa represents the mind and body of the Buddha. It contains precious relics such as mantras taught by the Buddha and body relics of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

It is said that since a Buddha has limitless qualities, any worship or offerings done to a stupa would bring immeasurable benefits. Negative karma is purified by seeing a stupa and even if one touches its shadow, one would reap benefit. Building a stupa for the deceased will change their rebirth to a better one.

20 Mandalas Painted On Main Shrine Ceiling

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These mandalas will be painted on the ceiling of the main shrine hall. The mandala represents an imaginary palace that is contemplated during meditation. Each object in the palace has significance, representing an aspect of wisdom or reminding the meditator of a guiding principle. The mandala’s purpose is to help transform ordinary minds into enlightened ones and to assist with healing. Mandalas transmit positive energies to the environment and to the people who view them. They are believed to effect purification and healing.

3 Pillars in Main Shrine Hall and 3 Pillars in Zambhala Shrine Hall

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The pillars are one of the main supports for the structure of the building. Without pillars, the whole structure may collapse, thus showing how important pillars are. There will be three pillars in the main shrine hall and three in the Zambhala Shrine Hall. These six pillars in the building represent the six paramitas: Generosity, Morality, Patience, Perseverance, Meditative Concentration and Wisdom. Once the six paramitas have been mastered, enlightenment will ensue.

Main Zambhala Statue and 1,000 Zambhalas

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The practice of Zambhala is for accumulating not just material wealth to remove obstacles in practice, but most importantly for accumulating spiritual wealth. In this world, there are all kinds of wrathful and negative emotions or bad spirits that may sometimes tharm you and other sentient beings. Zambhala must take on such a wrathful and powerful form to protect us from these harmful spirits and negative karma. Zambhala also helps us minimise or decrease all misfortunes and obstacles and increase all good fortune and happiness.

Dharma Wheel and 2 Deer

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The Dharma Wheel and Deer represent the first teachings given by the Shakyamuni Buddha at Deer Park in Sarnath, Varanasi, India. The male and female deer also symbolise equality of the sexes, that enlightenment is attainable regardless of gender. Shortly after the Buddha achieved enlightenment, Brahma descended from heaven and requested the Buddha to teach by offering him a Dharma Wheel. The Dharma Wheel has eight spokes, symbolising the Noble Eight-Fold Path. The three segments represent the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. The three parts of the wheel each represent one of the superior trainings: the hub represents the training in discipline, the spokes training in wisdom, and the rim training in meditation. The Deer represents the Buddha’s first teaching or turning of the wheel of Dharma (dharmachakra parivartan) at Deer Park.

Consecration Materials

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To complete a statue, its hollow interior is filled with mantra rolls, relics, grains, incense and other precious objects and finally sealed with a metal or wooden plate that usually carries an image of a double vajra. The statue only gets its power when it has been properly filled and consecrated according to the correct Buddhist ritual.

Amitabha Pureland Room

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For the benefit of our beloved ones who have passed away, the new building will have an Amitabha Pureland Room with a peaceful ambience and murals depicting the realm of Dewachen, the Land of Pure Bliss, which is also the realm of Amitabha Buddha. Amitabha Buddha has vowed to help beings gain enlightenment easily through taking rebirth in his pure land, which is possible simply by constant recollection of Him.

In this peaceful yet solemn place, devotees can take a moment of quiet repose and meditate on impermanence, cause and effect and the need to make good use of our precious human life.