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28.10.2013
KOTA TINGGI  –  The owner of the resort in Tanjung Sedili Besar here, who had allowed a group of Buddhists to meditate in a surau, has been remanded for four days. He was brought to the Session’s Court here at about 9.30am Tuesday before court registrar Hairul Azhar Mohamad who approved the remand order until Friday. The 45-year-old, who is a Singaporean with Malaysian PR status, was arrested Sunday afternoon at the Tanjung Sutera Resort, 40km from here. Police said the incident is being investigated under Section 295 of the Penal Code for injuring or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class.
Enter your email address to subscribe to this Kualalumpurpost and receive notifications of new posts by email. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- In what was to be a visit to a meditation center in Ladakh, India turned out to be a tragic event for a group of devoted Buddhists from Malaysia.
On Tuesday, August 25, an accident in car journey from Leh to Timongsang claimed the lives of three devotees after the vehicle they were traveling in ran off the road and plunged down a steep ravine into the Indus river. The deceased Malaysians were identified as Angie Lee, 52, Lee Ah Yem, 59, and one female passenger Tan Guat Gnoh, 54.
The visiting entourage was part of a group of Malaysian devotees visiting Ladakh from August 21-31 to provide aid to the Ladakhi people through the Ladakh Maha Bodhi Society headed by Ven. The rest of the group, which consists of 30 participants who were traveling in other vehicles, are confirmed safe. Tan Guat Gnoh, or better known as GG Tan was one of the most fervent supporters of Dharma based activities in Kuala Lumpur. Julie Ang was a tour organizer for Nalanda Buddhist Institute on many occasions, besides being the hostess for groups of visiting monks and nuns to Malaysia who are guests of the Institute.
Lee Ah Yem was a devout member of the Buddhist community and was active in the Sentul Temple and Maha Karuna Buddhist Society. The bodies of these three devotees are being arranged to be brought back from New Delhi, India.
To commenmorate the tragic demise of the devotees, several Buddhist organizations will be having puja sessions in the next few days.
Nalanda Buddhist Institue will be organizing a two day of Memorial Dana on August 30 and 31 August. 54, Jalan Taman Seputeh 3, Taman Seputeh, 58000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Perseketuan, Malaysia. 1st Floor, Piccolo Galleria,Jalan Bukit Bintang,xxx00 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Perseketuan, Malaysia. P208B, 4th Floor, LOT 10 Shopping Centre, 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Perseketuan, Malaysia. The founding missionary of the Burmese Buddhist Temple in Singapore, U Kyaw Gaung, supervised the project of commissioning the creation of a gigantic white marble Buddha statuein Myanmar.


U Thar Hnin (Tang Sooay Chin), a Burmese, founded the Burmese Buddhist Temple (BBT) at 17 Kinta Road (off Serangoon Road) in 1875. The white marble Buddha statue inside the main Shrine Hall is the largest of its kind outside of Myanmar. Despite the lack of modern transportation and heavy machinery, and facing numerous challenges during the arduous 2,500 km land and sea journey, U Kyaw Gaung successfully had the Buddha statue transported to Singapore in 1921 intact. In 1981, the Urban Redevelopment Authority served notice to the family of U Kyaw Gaung to vacate their house.
A Bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa), grown from a seed from its parent tree situated at Mangala Vihara Buddhist Temple at 30 Jalan Eunos, Singapore, stands in the temple compound. The current spiritual leader, the Venerable Sayadaw U Pannya Vamsa, had been born at Wakema, Myanmar on January 10, 1928.
In 1954, the government of Myanmar selected him for missionary work in Cocos Island, subsequently extending his work to Sri Lanka, Andaman Islands and Malaysia. Vamsa directed the building of eight Burmese Buddhist monasteries in cities worldwide including Los Angeles, Sydney, Chicago, Toronto, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Rangoon and Auckland between 1979 to 2002.
The Meditation Hall of the temple let devotees practice their vipassana (Insight) meditation in quiet surroundings.
Although originally situated elsewhere, the temple's current location has a history of Burmese people living in the area. Since the relocation of the temple, the area has once again attracted many to the Burmese community in the area, either as residents in the area or simple gathering at the temple on festive days. New World Encyclopedia writers and editors rewrote and completed the Wikipedia article in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards. Note: Some restrictions may apply to use of individual images which are separately licensed.
Another person, Renee Lim Bee Hong, 47, and the local cab driver Tsering Stobdan were seriously injured while Cheong Swee Chun, 42 is still missing at press time. She frequently helped in the organizing of many Dhamma propagation programmes, namely the printing of CDs and books, arranging talks, WACANA Conference, and fund-raising assistance the poor in India and elsewhere. The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall has been listed as one of the National Monuments of Singapore.
He arrived in Singapore at an early age, his wife, Daw Khin Mae and their three children joined him later. While administrating for the temple, he had planned to acquired a sizable marble Buddha statue as seen in Myanmar. He benefited from the assistance from Aw Boon Par, of Tiger Balm fame.[4] The marble statue, first housed in Buddha Wehara temple, removed to Kinta Road in 1925 to take a place in a dedicated chamber. Ordained as a novice at the age of fourteen, he received higher ordination as Bhikkhu on April 16, 1948.


In Malaysia, from 1970 to 1979, he served as a religious adviser to the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia and as chief examiner of the Malaysia Buddhist examination syndicate.
A committee consisting of devotees from the Burmese and Singaporean communities manages the temple's operations.
This article abides by terms of the Creative Commons CC-by-sa 3.0 License (CC-by-sa), which may be used and disseminated with proper attribution. The temple represents the only Theravada Burmese Buddhist temple in Singapore.[1] A religious landmark, Burmese and Singaporean devotees earn merits participating in temple activities together.
Handicapped by limited funds raised from public donations and his private funds, U Kyaw Gaung concentrated on raising the funds necessary to purchase the statue. Sayadaw U Pannya Vamsa, the temple's spiritual leader, officially reopened the temple in 1991 in a celebration including monks, members of the public and well-wishers.
He studied Pali and Buddhism in Wakema, Yandoon and Mandalay, in 1953 passing Dhammacariya, the highest examination in Pali, with distinction.
He founded the Sunday Buddhist Institute, an organization for the study of Buddhism and meditation.
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During his several trips to Myanmar, he found an immense marble weighing more than ten tons from Sagyin Hill, 50 km north of Mandalay. In 1935, when U Kyaw Gaung died at the age of 69, monks converted a portion of the temple into a private residence. The temple has intricate Burmese architectural style with teak wood carvings donated by the Tripitaka Nikaya Main Ministrative Body (Ti Ni) of Myanmar.[5] The new temple houses a spacious shrine hall, a meditation hall, a multi-purpose hall, a library and living quarters for the monks.
Its annual calendar of events includes New Year Special Offering to the Sangha, Chinese New Year's Eve Chanting, Water Festival (Thin Gyan), Vesak Day, Vassa (Rain Retreat) Offering of Robes, Kathina Celebration and Novitiate Programme. Legend states that the tree grew from a seed that, through the parent tree, connects directly with the Bodhi tree under which Buddha attained Enlightenment.
Legend states the the Sri Lanka Bodhi tree had been brought by Venerable Mahinda, the son of King Asoka from India. Gaung purchased the stone for Rs1, 200, ordering it delivered to Mandalay, a city reputed for its skilled craftsmanship. The current spiritual head of the Burmese Buddhist Temple in Singapore, Sayadaw U Pannya Vamsa, has been a successful missionary for the Theravada Buddhists.



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