Friday, 8 April 2011

MAHINDARAMA CEYLON BUDDHIST TEMPLE, KAMPAR ROAD, PENANG

PROJECT FOR LAYING OF SIMA STONES AT MAHINDARAMA CEYLON BUDDHIST TEMPLE, KAMPAR ROAD, PENANG

Although the Mahindarama Buddhist Temple at Kampar Road, Penang is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Penang it could not accept monkhood for those who are interested to become monks until it had laid “Sima Stones” at the Temple.

In year 1991, the Chief Monk of that Temple, Pema Ratana Thero, asked me to invite 23 High Monks from Phattalung, South Thailand to come to his Temple to pray the Puja of the “Sima Stones”.  The nine Sima Stones for the Sima Hall were purchased by Mr Lew. Nine main sponsors for chopping the cane casings to place the nine Sima Stones into the nine Sima Holes gave donations  to the Mahindarama  Buddhist.   The Ceremony was held on 23rd June 1991 (Buddhist Year 2535).  One monk was ordained at that Temple on that auspicious day.

I also helped the Temple to open the Amitama Clinic.  I was approached by the Chief Monk to help raise funds for the Clinic.


Inviting monks to enter the Sima Hall

Monks chanting outside the Sima Hall

Monks chanting at the surrounding of the Sima Hall 

Mr Lew cutting the Sima Stone to be dropped into the Sima Hole in the Centre of the Sima Hall

Mr Lew placing five precious elements comprising gold, diamonds, silver, bronze and money into the Sima Hole in the Centrre of the Sima Hall 

Monks having a rest before lunch

Monks having lunch at the Mahindarama Buddhist Temple

The former Chief Monk of the Mahindarama Buddhist Temple

A monk having lunch at the Temple

Monks having lunch at the Temple

Monks having lunch at the Temple

Monks and devotees having lunch at the Temple

Chow Khoon Phra Tham Theyamolee, Chief Abbot of Wat Kuhasawan, Phattalung, Thailand and other monks having lunch at the Temple

Monks having lunch at the Temple

Monks having lunch at the Temple

Mr Lew and some other devotees at the Temple

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