News About Palm Beach Mahabodhi- September 2011.



And best wishes!


1. A local view of September.

Aum! Mahabodhi Svaha!

And a Greeting!

From us!

The local!

An abode of Bodhi!

For you!

A new beginning!

A broader vision!

And a direction!

Far reaching!

And extensive!

With happiness!


II. Buddhist activities while visiting Malaysia and Singapore in the previous month.

The visit to various Budhhist temples and a number of the Buddhist schools for the youths in Malaysia and Singapore in late August befor rerunning to the State is very memorable. Many temples are well established with sufficiently large, up-to-date, and beautiful facilities. And their venerable Masters together with the Buddhist devotees are making an impressive effort to promote Buddhism as well as keeping their cultural heritage though the educating of the youths. I join in by giving Dharma talks and by inspiring the Buddhist youths whenever I can.

May the Buddha grant His compassionate blessing! May they be protected by the Dharma and always be at peace!

Here is a snapshot of the various Buddhist traditions in Malaysia and Singapore:


At Than Hsiang Temple.

Than-Hsiang Temple, Penang, Malaysia.

"The Young to Learn, The Strong and Healthy to Serve, The Aged and Sick to be Cared For, The Departed to Find Spiritual Destination," as a mission.

Avalokitesvara (Quan The Am) Bodhisattva.

Mahasthamaprapta (Dai The Chi) Bodhisattva!

The Morning Chant!

After walking recitation!

A view from the fifth floor of the temple-at Dawn!

The spacious dinning hall!

Serving food professionally!

Many choices of delicious food!

Even cakes neatly packed for your taste!


A brief tour to Kek Lok shi, Chua Cuc Lac,

Kek Lok Shi-Chua Cuc-Lac, Penang, Malaysia.

The colossal Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva of Kek Lok Temple!

A closer view!

And another look!


To Mahindarama, the Sri Lankan Buddhists Temple

Inside the gate!

The Bodhi tree surrounded by a fence!

The Buddha Hall!

A view on the left!

Another view on the right!

The office and Monk Quarters, with the Buddhist school for chidren in the back!

The red Sala flower of the Mahindarama Temple!

A closer look of the Sala flower, after falling on the ground!


Visiting the Bujang Valley

The Bujang Valley, an ancient Buddhist place along the coastal region of Malaysia!

Master I-Tsing, Ngai Nghia Tinh- had stayed here before and after making the pilgrimage to the sacred Buddhist sites in India.

Some Buddhist remains of the site!

The Udumbara tree with its fruits!

The tropical jungle at the Bujang Valley!


Then heading south to Kuala Lumpur.

A fruitstand at the bus station, heading to Kuala Lumpur.

Another one!

Plenty to pick!


A brief stop at Chempaka Buddhist Temple, in Selangor,

Repentance in session!

Many Buddhists join in!

Offerings during the Ullumbana Season!

Paying respect to the ancestors!


Visiting the Buddhist Temple, up in the mountainous region of Ipod

The Main Hall!

A repentance session!

Leading by Monks!

Joining together by the laity!

Many buildings are connected by a large courtyard.

One of the four Heavenly Kings!

The Earth Storage Bodhisattva's Hall!

With ormanented ceiling!

Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, a manifesation!

The line of Arhats!

And the Buddha- over-looking a large parking lot!


Vising the Teluk Intan Buddhist Temple, a few hours drive from Kuala Lumpur!


An introduction at the Auditorium-Sunday School!

A brief Dharma talk: "Your parents-Your best friends!" (Ullumbana Season)

Accompanied by a Chinese translation!

Time for candy!

For you ...and it's green!

Pre-School: With Hapiness and Best Wishes!

The Dharma talk to the Buddhists, with up-to-date equipment and facility!

An offering with repspect and sincerity after the lecture!


Visiting Buddhist Temples in Singapore

The Golden Pagoda Temple.

Buddha Hall on the first floor

With beautiful Buddhist carvings and images!

To pay respect to the Late Big Old Venerable before heading to Bodh Gaya!

A brief tour to The Phuoc Hai Zen Temple!

The Main Hall with its entrance!

It is that tall!

The main shrine of the Main Hall!

A tall pagoda and a school building on the right side!

We have climbed all the way up!

Under the shade of the Bodhi tree: A peaceful spot for reading!

Graceful bamboo-another peaceful view!


The Burmese Buddhist Temple.

The Main Hall on first floor of the Burmese Buddhist Temple in Singapore!

A closer look!

The Buddha Hall on the second floor.

The Buddha subdues a Nagar, a painting on the ceiling.

The Buddha overcomes Mara!

Shipping the Buddha's statue to Singapore from Burma!

The Main Altar!

A view on the left of the main Buddha!

And on the right!


The Shri Lankan Buddhist Vihara.

With a classical style!

In the middle of the modern highrises!

The peaceful reclining Buddha in another Main Hall.

A Buddha Hall with paintings topping the windows along the wall!

Muchalinda sheltered the Buddha!

The Buddha and the jewel walkway in the mid-air, after His Enlightenment!

Turning the Dharma Wheel at Sarnath to help liberate the 5 ascetic friends!

Bringing the Buddha's tooth relics to Sri Lanka from India!

Paying respect by the Devas!

And also by the Devasis!

Sanghamittra, the first Buddhist Nun to Sri Lanka from India....

Together with a sappling of the Sri Bodhi tree!

Mahinda and the Sri Lankan King- the introduction of the Dharma to Sri Lanka!

Offerings to the Buddha and the sappling of the Sri BodhiTree brought from Sri Lanka.

A close-up view!

A special offering-Red Sala flower!

Another view of the Red Ssala flower!

Red Sala flower on the tree!

Flowers grow from the middle of the trunk!

Zoom in for a better view!

The Sala tree!

With fruits, and the Venerable Abbot and visitors

Another view!

Another Red Sala tree with fruits, down town Singapore!

Too big to carry them back to America!

The Fo-Guang (Phat Quang) Buddhist Temple.

Fo-Quang Shan Temple in Singapore, a calligraphy class!

A more serious learning!

And becoming adults at tea time!

A kid's corner, of course!

A view of the Western Pure Land- stone pannel!

Amitabha Buddha!

Guan Yin (Quan Am) Bodhisattva!

Mahasthamaprapta (Dai The Chi) Bodhisattva!


The Poh Ern (Bao An) Buddhist Temple.

The solar pagoda- to generate electricity!

From the top of the temple!

Solar pannels as the roof!

To generate power for the whole temple!

Very shady too!

A beautiful view on the roof-Five floors up at least!

Very modern and sophisticated!

Here, if you really want to construct your solar temple!

A fruit market in Singapore.

Or you can follow me to the fruit market of Singapore!

They look great--- and taste great too!

They are everywhere along the sidewalks!

And these, if you can handle the smell!

Vey tasty and yummy!

They are wonderful!

And at a decent price!

They have truck-load of them!

And I have got these before returning to the U.S.

And some of these wonderful vegetarian dishes!

Cooking right on the spot!

I feel at home ...after Indian food!

At a very decent price!

Just come early and pick your own seats!

Or here ...right inside the Changi Airport of Singapore!

To relax if you have enough of shopping and....window shoping!

At no additional cost. Absolutely! Many unreasonably costly hotels in Singapore these days cannot even be remotely compared to this!

Again, see you day!


III. Landscaping and renovating - September 2011:

It's the time to fertilize our plants. We will need many hands for that big pile of topsoil. Again, hoping that you can come to help out! The renovation of the inside continues.

Here are some photos for you:


And Best Wishes!

At peace!


"Bodhisattvas at home should wish that all beings realize that the nature of "home" is empty, and liberate from its burdens."

-"Bồ-Tát ở nhà, nên nguyện chúng sanh, biết nhà tánh không, khỏi sự bức ngặt."


Hot and humid!

Some summer colors in front!

Even in the back!

Bright and nice!

At peace!

"Entering a monastery, Bodhisattvas should wish that all beings, Expound various principles, Of noncontention ."(As Pure Conducts)

-"Vào Tăng-già-lam nên nguyện chúng sanh, diễn thuyết các pháp, không tranh không cải."


Practice continues!

Some seasonal offerings!

To the Awakening Ones!

"When entering a hall, Bodhisattvas should wish that all beings, Ascend to the unexcelled sanctuary, And rest there secure, unshakable."(As Pure Conducts)

-"Nếu vào điện đường, nên nguyện chúng sanh, lên nhà vô thượng, an trụ bất động."


Time to feed the plants!

Tackle that pile of topsoil!

By the front porch!

Keep them green!

And vibrant!

To the white bamboos!

And the black bamboos!

The graceful bamboos as well!

For the white bamboos in the back!

More than enough!

Some for the golden bamboo and the lemon grass!

Then to the bodhi tree!

And this one in the back!

Just in time for the rain at dusk!

With lightning and thunder!

And growing bamboos afterward!

Must be happy!

For sure!

Another hot day!

For your Pureland visualization!

And calmness!


A nice view, as always!