CNY 2010 Part 3 - FGS 佛光山 Dong Zen Temple

Posted by shloke 21 February 2010
Walls of Serenity

Location: Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) Dong Zen Temple, Jenjarom, Malaysia
Date: 21st January 2010 (Thursday), 12:13 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.8, ISO Equiv.: 1250

A wall carving depicting Buddha sitting atop a big lotus flower.

In Buddhist iconography, Buddha is often represented on a pink lotus. The lotus symbolizes purity of the body, speech, and mind as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. Source: Wikipedia

I can see arrows flying all over Buddha. Is Buddha under 'attack? Can anyone help me decipher this piece of art?

Buddha's Entry Into Parinirvana (般涅槃)

Location: Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) Dong Zen Temple, Jenjarom, Malaysia
Date: 21st January 2010 (Thursday), 12:08 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 560

A follower mourning over the death of Buddha. Click here to view similar image (Paranirvana of the Buddha) at ZenYouMitsu Temple (善養密寺), Setagaya, Tokyo. LINK

In Buddhism, parinirvana (Sanskrit: परिनिर्वाण) is the final nirvana, which occurs upon the death of the body of someone who has attained complete awakening (bodhi). It implies a release from the bhavachakra, Saṃsāra, karma and rebirth as well as the dissolution of the skandhas. Source: Wikipedia

Buddha's Path to Enlightenment

Location: Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) Dong Zen Temple, Jenjarom, Malaysia
Date: 21st January 2010 (Thursday), 12:24 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 560

After asceticism and concentrating on meditation and Anapana-sati (awareness of breathing in and out), Siddhartha is said to have discovered what Buddhists call the Middle Way—a path of moderation away from the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification. Then, sitting under a pipal tree, now known as the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, India, he vowed never to arise until he had found the Truth. Source: Wikipedia

The Young Buddha

Location: Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) Dong Zen Temple, Jenjarom, Malaysia
Date: 21st January 2010 (Thursday), 12:17 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 1600

Another mesmerizing picture.

Acrylic on Canvas

Location: Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) Dong Zen Temple, Jenjarom, Malaysia
Date: 21st January 2010 (Thursday), 11:40 a.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.8, ISO Equiv.: 1600

An excellent masterpiece from Grace Choong Ai May - a Penang-based Malaysian artist. Grace Choong has so far held 7 solo art exhibitions since 1990. She has also participated in 100 over groups exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, China, Korea, Japan, Britain, Brazil, U.S.A. etc.

Siddhārtha Gautama

Location: Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) Dong Zen Temple, Jenjarom, Malaysia
Date: 21st January 2010 (Thursday), 12:16 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 1600

Simply beautiful. I captured this photo in the main praying hall. I saw many devotees kneeling and praying. I do not want to 'disturb' their prayers. So, it's a quick shot.

Guanyin And Her Compassion

Location: Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) Dong Zen Temple, Jenjarom, Malaysia
Date: 21st January 2010 (Thursday), 1:00 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/6.3, ISO Equiv.: 100

A beautiful representation of Guanyin the goddess of compassion. Often she will be holding a rosary in one hand, a symbol of her devotion to Buddhism and its tenets. She will also have either a book (The Lotus Sutra, which refers back to her origins), or a vase, which symbolizes her pouring compassion on to the world.

Knowledge Is Power

Location: Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) Dong Zen Temple, Jenjarom, Malaysia
Date: 21st January 2010 (Thursday), 11:55 a.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

Never underestimate the power of knowledge!

This picture reminds me of some quotable quotes from Bertrand Russell (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970) - a British, philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, socialist, pacifist and social critic.

Here is an adapted version of his quotes:

Three passions have governed my life:
The longings for love, the search for knowledge,
And unbearable pity for the suffering of [humankind].

Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness.
In the union of love I have seen
In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge.
I have wished to understand the hearts of [people].
I have wished to know why the stars shine.

Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens,
But always pity brought me back to earth;
Cries of pain reverberated in my heart
Of children in famine, of victims tortured
And of old people left helpless.
I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot,
And I too suffer.

This has been my life; I found it worth living.

In Deep Meditation

Location: Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) Dong Zen Temple, Jenjarom, Malaysia
Date: 21st January 2010 (Thursday), 12:56 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/9.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

There are many beautiful statues in the Lumbini Garden.

Lumbinī (Sanskrit: लुम्बिनी, "the lovely") is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi district of Nepal, near the Indian border. It is the place where Queen Mayadevi is said to have given birth to Siddhartha Gautama, who as the Buddha Gautama founded the Buddhist tradition. Source: Wikipedia

Thousand-Hand Guanyin 1

Location: Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) Dong Zen Temple, Jenjarom, Malaysia
Date: 21st January 2010 (Thursday), 11:01 a.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.0, ISO Equiv.: 200

This statue is HUGE! As big as a grown up adult.

One Buddhist legend from the Complete Tale of Guanyin and the Southern Seas (Chinese: 南海觀音全撰; pinyin: Nánhǎi Guānyīn Quánzhuàn) presents Guanyin as vowing to never rest until she had freed all sentient beings from samsara, reincarnation.

Despite strenuous effort, she realized that still many unhappy beings were yet to be saved. After struggling to comprehend the needs of so many, her head split into eleven pieces. Amitabha Buddha, seeing her plight, gave her eleven heads with which to hear the cries of the suffering.

Upon hearing these cries and comprehending them, Avalokitesvara attempted to reach out to all those who needed aid, but found that her two arms shattered into pieces. Once more, Amitabha came to her aid and appointed her a thousand arms with which to aid the many. Source: Wikipedia

Thousand-Hand Guanyin 2

Location: Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) Dong Zen Temple, Jenjarom, Malaysia
Date: 21st January 2010 (Thursday), 11:02 a.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.5, ISO Equiv.: 200

A close-up shot. Can you spot Guanyin's 11 heads?

Buddha's Blessing

Location: Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) Dong Zen Temple, Jenjarom, Malaysia
Date: 21st January 2010 (Thursday), 12:04 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 450

Here Buddha is represented in the blessing pose with the palm of his right hand facing out to give blessings. He usually faces the north.

Spotted Pink Baldie

Location: Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) Dong Zen Temple, Jenjarom, Malaysia
Date: 21st January 2010 (Thursday), 1:09 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 100

Stumbled upon a CUTE looking prop. Looks like pink baldie was sound asleep...Zzzzz


Okay.....let me be honest with all of you. This is actually a delayed Part 2 post about Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) Dong Zen Temple in Jenjarom. I might be visiting this temple again by next week to capture the 2010 Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration.

Currently, I'm still 'trapped' in Klang Valley. I decided to publish this post for one good reason. Lately, I've been checking the statistics of my blog readers using sitemeter.

I've been analyzing the overall data; especially the search engine keywords that lead visitors to my blog. Here is a list of recurring keywords:

  • Dong Zen Temple
  • Tokong FGS Dong Zen Jenjarom
  • Dong Zen Temple CNY 2010
  • Tong Zen Temple
  • Dong Zen Opening & Closing (close) Hours
  • Dong Zen Lighting Time
  • Dong Zen Directions
  • Location maps to Dong Zen temple Klang, Malaysia
  • Shan Dong

There is a big number of new visitors searching for these info. So, I decided to update my previous post and write another new post about FGS Dong Zen temple. I'm a 'banana'. I speak and read no Chinese words. I rely on Google Translate to find some useful info about directions, opening hours and CNY 2010 celebration programs at FGS Dong Zen temple.

Lucky me! I've found the official maps to the temple in JPG and PDF format. In addition, I also stumbled upon the English version of FGS CNY 2010 portal. Remember to check out all the useful details at the bottom.

Last updated 22nd February 2010 (5:40 p.m.)

Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen 佛光山 Temple - Directions, Getting There & Maps:

The thumbnails are screenshots. Click links to download the maps.

Map and directions to Fo Guang Shan 佛光山 Dong Zen Temple in Jenjarom (JPG Format)

Map 1 (1 page, JPG file, 384 kb)
Map 2 (1 page, JPG file, 373 kb)
Map 3 (1 page, JPG file, 350 kb)
Map 4 (1 page, JPG file, 318 kb)

Map And Directions to Fo Guang Shan 佛光山 Dong Zen Temple in Jenjarom (PDF Format)

Map 1 (1 page, PDF file, 212 kb)
Map 2 (1 page, PDF file, 276 kb)
Map 3 (1 page, PDF file, 389 kb)
Map 4 (1 page, PDF file, 234 kb)

FGS Dong Zen Temple is located in Jenjarum, a small town located between Klang and Banting. It is about 30-minute drive from the Carey Island roundabout and about 45 minutes from Subang Jaya.

Note: All files are hosted in MediaFire. Official maps are courtesy of http://www.fgs.org.my/

Fo Guang Shan 佛光山 Dong Zen Temple - Contact Details:

Fo Guang Shan Malaysia,
PT2297, Jalan Sg. Buaya,
Sg. Jenjarom,
46 200 Kuala Langat,
Selangor Malaysia.

Daily Opening Hours:
Daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tel: 603 - 3191 1533, 603 - 3191 4304
Fax: 603 - 3191 1467
Official portal: http://www.fgs.org.my/
Official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/fgsmy

Fo Guang Shan 佛光山 Dong Zen Temple - FAQ:

(1) 馬來西亞佛光山 Fo Guang Shan Malaysia (reg. under : Persatuan Meditasi Fo Guang Shan Selangor ) is one of the many branches of Fo Guang Shan (“FGS”) throughout the world.

Fo Guang Shan in Chinese literally means “the Mountain of Buddha’s Light”. FGS is an international Buddhist Order founded by Ven Master Hsing Yun in 1967 with the headquarter in Kaoshiung, Taiwan. It operates 62 branch temples in Taiwan, and 98 throughout the rest of the world.

(2) FGS Dong Zen Temple represents the hub of a Buddhist centre in the South East Region. FGS Dong Zen is situated at Jenjarom, Kuala Langat in the state of Selangor Darul Ehsan. The land area covers 22 acres. Since the opening of the monastery in 1994, it has created a new avenue for tourism for local tourists and it also acts as an important cultural and educational center.

(3) FGS Dong Zen Temple is solely managed by Fo Guang Shan Malaysia. Guided by the objectives and principles of Fo Guang Shan, the Malaysian chapter expanded considerably. To date there are seventeen Fo Guang Shan centres in Malaysia, namely Klang, Ipoh, Sentul, Sekinchan, Telok Panglima Garang, Seremban, Bahau, Petaling Jaya, Penang, Kuantan, Kuala Lumpur, Cheras, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu etc.

Note: FAQs about FGS Dong Zen are taken from FGS Dong Zen Facebook. Get the latest updates from here.

Fo Guang Shan 佛光山 Dong Zen Temple - Google Maps:


Fo Guang Shan 佛光山 Dong Zen Temple - Thing To Do/See:

  1. Main Prayer Shrine (Wooden Buddha, Brass Wall Paintings)
  2. Lumbini Garden
  3. Buddhist Art Gallery
  4. Relic Centre
  5. Venerable Master Hsing Yun's One-Stroke Calligraphy Exhibition
  6. Annual Chinese New Year Deco
  7. Garden of Zen
  8. Giant Hanging & Wishing Bell
  9. Taste authentic vegetarian food

Fo Guang Shan 佛光山 Dong Zen Temple - Read More & Useful Links:

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama_Buddha (Wikipedia article about Gautama Buddha)
  2. http://tinyurl.com/yz8777e (Jenjarom road to serendipity, Article by NST)
  3. http://tinyurl.com/6xsbca (Swastika in Buddhism, Article by Religionfacts)
  4. http://tinyurl.com/yl7kw2b (The temple that changed Jenjarom, TheStar)
  5. http://tinyurl.com/yav76kj (CNY cheer at Jenjarom’s FGS Temple, TheStar)
  6. http://tinyurl.com/yemhol2 (Read all my blog posts about FGS Temple)

7 comments

  1. micki Says:
  2. I am also curious about those arrows around the Buddha, and could not find any info about it online. The thousand-hand Guanyin piece is beautiful. Is the pink baldie a statue being put on side? There were a couple of these on your previous post too. They are very cute!

     
  3. David Jr Says:
  4. Nice work on this :) Love the buddha images here. Happy CNY to you btw.

    David

     
  5. shloke Says:
  6. micky

    Pink baldie was hidden at the back of the temple. There is a huge workshop cum open garage at the back of the temple.

    David

    Thanks!

     
  7. Really delicate artworks!
    Must be really time-consuming to produce one.

    I read a book about Tibetan Buddhism a long time ago.
    They have more complicated designs/ God than us. ;-)
    Quite interesting.

     
  8. lechua Says:
  9. aah so this should be the temple to go to... would be tough for me to find i think... haha ... looking forward to see the CNY decorations in a different temple besides Thean Hou.

     
  10. shloke Says:
  11. 1ondoncaller

    I would LOVE to see Tibetan Buddhism. I wish to explore both India and Lhasa, Tibet :)

    lechua

    Actually...it's not difficult to find this place.

    You should visit FGS Dong Zen temple. It's simply BEAUTIFUL :)

    Cheers to all!
    mylo

     
  12. kyle porter Says:
  13. The arrows coming at buddha is from the God of jealousy and greed... with buddhas hand on his heart ( or stomach) and the other left to catch the arrrows, he is in the symbolic posture of compassion - which turns the poisoned arrows at him into lotus flowers...it was supposedly what happend the night of his enlightenment...

    thats how i found the picture, i was looking it up after i heard the story.. its beautiful, and its probably going to be a tattoo... of mine here shortly haha

     
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