This entry was posted on 2/18/2008 7:48 AM and is filed under Singapore.
We walked by this extraordinary Temple and just had to explore it. It is called "BTRTS: Buddha's Tooth Relic Temple Singapore". It was just completed in April of 2007 and took 3 years to complete at a cost of $35 Million US dollars. They're still trying to raise another $7 Million to put in a gold floor in front of the Stupa holding the Buddha's tooth. It also serves as a monastery and serves free vegetarian meals to anyone who is hungry.
This is the elaborate entry way with this giant lit lantern statues. The lanterns probably aren't there all year - but of course were a delight to us, and part of what caught our eye to find out more about what this building was.
This photo gives you a better idea of how big it really is...
This is the huge golden Buddha that sits in the main part of the Temple. The whole room was resplendent in bright red and gold.
Along the sides of the room were 100 different large Buddhas, and thousands of small Buddhas, each able to give its own unique blessings for whatever you needed. You just had to buy $10 worth of coins and drop one into each bowl underneath the deity and say a prayer and you were promised a long, healthy and happy life.
We didn't want to miss out on any of those good promises offered, so we dutifully placed a coin and a prayer in each of the 100 golden bowls. Watch this little movie and see how to do it...
In the next hall is the Avalokiteshvara Hall. Avalokiteśvara is the bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. He is the most widely revered bodhisattva in Buddhism. In China and its sphere of cultural influence, Avalokiteśvara has evolved into a female form known as Quan Yin. Avalokiteśvara is also referred to as Padmapāni ("Holder of the Lotus") or Lokeśvara ("Lord of the World"). In Tibetan, he is said to be incarnated in the Dalai Lama, the Karmapa and other high Lamas.
And another portrayal of Avalokitesvara - also very beautiful with many lotus hands - stunningly beautiful with gifts that are worthy to offer...
Here are the gorgeous doors on the 4th floor that housed the Buddha's tooth relic...
We walked into this room, shoeless and in awe and could immediately feel the vibration from the Buddha's tooth. They were playing a beautiful chant and no one else was in there. The tooth is inside of the golden stupa and is only shown a very few times a year, otherwise it remains hidden inside of its golden home. (A stupa is a Spiritual Monument. "The visual impact of the stupa on the observer brings a direct experience of inherent wakefulness and dignity. Stupas have the ability to liberate one simply upon seeing their structure" - Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche).
We sat down on pillows in a part of the room reserved for meditation and went into a very deep state of meditation. We could have stayed there for hours more. It was really beautiful and profound for both of us.
We ended the day with a fun exploration of a wonderful and huge Japanese supermarket that happened to be in the basement of the same building our Novotel Hotel is in. First off of course was a stop at the Japanese Gelato Bar, just before they closed. Here is our selection - Green Tea and Black (Very Black!) Sesame Seed Gelato...very strong, pungent, aromatic and delicious, not to mention rich and creamy.
This is a dragon fruit. We ate some for lunch. The inside is white with little crunchy black seeds. The flavor is hard to describe. It's refreshing, yet doesn't have a strong distinctive taste that's easy to put your finger on.
This supermarket had some outrageous fruit all flown in from Japan, China, US, Philipines and France. These apples came from Japan and were really BIG! And expensive. Would you pay $11.26 (US) for an apple????
No? OK, what about $63.67 for a melon? These Melox Shizuoka musk melons are "grown only one piece to a vine and cultivated with great care", says the ad for them. "Our melons are safe because we use fewer chemicals". That's reassuring and worth the extra cost...clearly!
2/18/2008 7:40 PMcheri wrote:
this is terrific, you 2. i love yr photos and descriptions; thank you! you are having another adventure. pls give joss a hug from me when you see him. be well...cheri Reply to this