Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Visit to Buddha tooth relic temple and veg food

I just came back from the Buddha tooth relic temple at Chinatown. It was not 100% completed yet, but it was very grand and nice. They had this huge prayer wheel at the roof top surrounded by mini statues of 10, 000 Buddhas. You can turn prayer wheel clock-wise round and round. At the 4th storey they had the Buddha tooth relic in it's stupa, and there's a monk who will bless you if approached him to be blessed. On the 3rd level, there is an exhibition on the Shakyamuni Buddha's life story as well as some information on the future Buddha Maitreya. The 2nd storey is still in the process of being completed. On the 1st storey, there is a large statue of Buddha Maitreya and a Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. On the basement level there's free vegetarian food served. I got a choice of rice or fried rice vermicelli. There are two accompanying dishes served today, which look quite similar to me. The only ingredient I can remember in the dish was Cellophane noodles. You can also sponsor vegetarian meals for others (on level 1) at SGD$2 per head. Beside the temple, there is this 8 treasures vegetarian restaurant which is quite pricey. Veggie Bun has tried the food there before, you can take a look at the review at her blog.

11 comments:

KleoPatra said...

What a cool place this is!

dreamy said...

:) If you ever come to Singapore do go in and take a look.

Veggie Bun said...

Dreamy, did you read the article on Sunday Times last weekend? It said some ppl are saying the tooth is fake. Not Buddha's tooth.

I also doubt the tooth's authenticity after it was said the tooth is 7.5cm in length.. how can a human tooth be so long? Unless Buddha was a giant-size human?

Veggie Bun said...

here's the link of the news report:

http://www.straitstimes.com/Free/Story/STIStory_139224.html

dreamy said...

I heard the news from my mum. I can't view the straits times online as I didn't suscribe. Yea, I read fro mother news source which says that scientists are saying they are not and wanted to do a DNA test on them.

If I didn't remmeber wrongly from what I have read on Buddhism.. in the past humans are very tall and huge, hence the huge teeth. Slowly human height decreases. In the future humans will be very much shorter than now. After that, human height will start to increase again. Here's more info..
http://online.sfsu.edu/~rone/Buddhism/BuddhistDict/BDT.html

To understand this and in relation to other things, have to study Buddhist cosmology and such hehe..

Veggie Bun said...

Oh, the link for the straits times is free one.. can access w/o subscription (i don't have too :P).

In relation to humans at 500BC are taller, can you give some scientific links? I am curious to know too. :)

dreamy said...

Hmm 500BC ago, by this time the bones shld have broken down to I dunno how right? Or if they decide to cremate the dead there wun be any evidence. If you are gg very far back.. In terms of science, there may be controversy to Buddhism because science take evolution to be true and that humans evolve from chimps who are relatively shorter. In Buddhism, they talk about Human realm occuring 1st before animals came about. Maybe evolution do take place in the animal realm, but I dunno about this.

I found this link about how medival men were of ard the same height as humans today - but that's in comparison to Americans who have a taller build. More samples from the medival past in different areas may need to prove the taller height of ppl in the past (unfortunately it will be very hard to get these samples).

Veggie Bun said...

Anyway, as a free-thinker, I feel that no matter the tooth is really Buddha's, his followers should follow his teachings in their hearts. And there's really no need to spend so much money for the gold. The money could be better used to help poor and hungry in many parts of the world.

Anonymous said...

When they started to build the temple and the appeal for donation of gold, there was already lots of 'hoo haa'.

There was even an article in Straits Time on the huge amount of gold needed and equal to the total price of 5 5-rooms HDB flats in Bishan(if i didn't remember wrongly).

Frankly speaking, as a simple layman, i think those gold should be put in better use like helping the less unfortune.

And i keep on thinking, if Buddha is around, will he really wanted this or to put the golden in good use? I don't know.

dreamy said...

Yes, it's the teachings that are inportant, I agree. Donating to help other ppl is a good point, but I duno if the ppl are willing to do that or have the opportunity to do that. Maybe they don't donate to help others in the poorer countries but they are willing to donate to build the stupa. To me it's a matter of causes and conditions.

Rachel said...

many people especially lay people are very 'visual' in perspective. if temple is old and broken down, don't think it will attract non-buddhist to come forward to learn more about buddhism no matter how good buddha's teaching are (of course there are other exceptions.) But with the build of this temple, it will draw another group of people to come forward to learn more about buddhism. This is good too. Also, when most of us see a 'grand looking' buddha in a 'grand setting'...our faith in buddha will give rise immediately in awe and stirr up our emotions. This is good too. In singapore we do not exactly have an "icon" temple like in japan, tibet, china so it is time we should also have one. Think about Tibet for example, people are so poor but they are very happy and look at their temples. Look at the great length the tibetan goes to contribute to their temples. They offer only the best they can afford. Their buddhas etc are adorn with precious gems etc.However, some of us might starts to think otherwise again...These tibetan are so poor and they experience proverty, shouldnt they donate the money to the other poor too like them instead of spending whatever little they have on butter lamps and buddhas?? Anyway,what i am saying about the buddha relic temple here is that through the efforts of anyone and everyone in big and small ways through the Venerable's compassion for us to contribute and build an affinity with the buddha, every donor are happy to put in this effort.No one force them to make donation and it is THEIR money they are taking out and it is THEIR choice. shouldnt we also appluade and be happy about other's well intentions instead of saying things like the money can go to better use (which is also good intentions but sounds like a bit sour grapes to people who already donated and if they hear this, they wont feel as happy about their actions and they will starts to think "did i or should i donate in the first place?" then this giving isnt as "yuan2 man3" as in the first place.) What is done is done. dont speculate how well the money goes to. we have choices in life. if we feel the money can go to better use to help others in need, then use our own money to make contributions. dont just think. do it. many a times at least i make this mistake, i just think only...and not action.i should change my ways and action instead of just thinking.also, dont think about how better use other people's money can go to good use. it is NOT our money.all this thinking is so redundant. if others make their choice to donate to the temple, then let it be their choice and we should respect that and 'learn' to be happy that they are doing something meaningful which we on the other hand are again making negative karma thinking thinking thinking negative about others' positive actions.

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