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Programmes and Events For the year 2018                     

   1 Jan (Mon) "Welcome 2018" Chanting
 15 Feb (Thu) Chinese New Year Eve Chanting
 16 Feb (Fri) Chinese New Year(First Day) Year of the Dog
 17 Feb (Sat) Chinese New Year (Second Day)
   1 Apr (Sun) 33rd Annual General Meeting
 15 Apr (Sun) Water Festival (Thin Gyan)
 17 Apr (Tue) Myanmar New Year Day    ျမန္မာ ႏွစ္ဆန္း ၁ ရက္ေန႕
 29 May (Tue) Vesak Day  ကဆုန္ လျပည့္ ဗုဒၶေန႕
 22 Jul (Sun) Vassavasa (Rain Retreat) Offering of Robes  ဝါဆို သကၤန္း ကပ္လႉ ပြဲ
 27 Jul (Fri) Waso Full Moon Day  ဝါဆို လျပည့္ ေန႕ 
 19 Aug (Sun) Transferring of merits to the departed ones
(Chinese 7th month Festival)
 24 Oct (Wed) Thadingyut Full Moon Day  သီတင္းကြၽတ္ လျပည့္ေန႕
   4 Nov (Sun) Kathina Celebration  ကထိန္ပြဲ
 30 Dec (Sun) 27th Anniversary of New Building

 

Opening Hour of The Temple                           

  The Temple opens daily from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm

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WELCOME NEWYEAR

The Temple welcomes New Year with chanting in the morning and organizes "Soon Gyi Long" after morning puja on the first day of every year. This Burmese word, "Soon Gyi Long" means Grand Offering. The devotees offer foodstuffs and other requisites to each and every monk who participates during welcome chanting ceremony.

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CHINESE NEW YEAR

Every year, we usher the Chinese New Year by lighting the Temple's Shrine Hall with Lantern lights for 30 days. The offering for each light is S$50.00 and the names of the donors will be written on the lantern. The proceeds of the donation will go to the Temple's Maintenance Fund.

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WATER FESTIVAL (THIN GYAN)

Water Festival (Thin Gyan) celebration normally falls around 13 to 16 of April every year. Burmese word "thin gyan" means change. This is the period changing to a new year. It is a time for rejoicing as well as for merit making.

Either as individuals or in groups, people devote themselves to offer and bath Buddha Images with scented water. They pay homage to the elders with cool and fresh water and other offerings. Splashing water at passerby is interpreted as symbolizing the washing away of the immoral stains accumulated during the past year.

Even as joviality and merrymaking is going on in the streets, there are, at the same time, many meritorious celebrations at the temples, and devoted Buddhists take refuge and observe the precepts together with meditation, at the monasteries.

So, let us celebrate the Water Festival in the same traditional manner and spilt by performing meritorious deeds at the Temple and enjoy the fun of splashing water at one another courteously.

All visitors are served with a variety of (30+) Burmese Foods sponsored by Burmese groups of devotees for free.

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MYANMAR NEW YEAR 

First day of Myanmar New Year fells on 17 of April every year.

During the day, Burmese usually make merits, such as visiting to temples, paying homage to Buddha and Sanga, observing either 8 or 10 precepts, offering foods and drinking waters, paying respect and hair-washing to elders, freeing animals/fishes/birds, and etc.

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VESAK DAY 

Buddhists celebrate Vesak Day to remember the five auspicious occations which occoured on the full moon of May.

They are:

  1. The first prediction which the Bodhisatta (Buddha-to-be) received about his becoming a Buddha, from Dipankara Buddha many Kalpas ago.
  2. The Bodhisatta, Prince Siddartha, was born about 2600 years ago in Lumbini Park (northern India) on a Friday, full moon day of May.
  3. He attained Enlightenment and became a Buddha at the age of 35, under the Bodhi Tree at Buddha Gaya on full moon day of May.
  4. The Twin Miracle the Buddha performed to subdue the pride of the royal members of the Sakya Clan. In the Twin Miracle, water and fire sprouted from hos body.
  5. The Buddha passed away into Parinibbana at the Age of 80 at Kusinagara on full moon day of May.

On this day, out of gratitude, Buddhists ponder on the Boundless Compassion of Sakyamuni Buddha who teaches man to liberate himself from the suffering of the cycle of rebirths.

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VASSA VASA

The Vassavasa period lasts for about three months, beginning from the day after full moon of July to full moon day of October. During the three months of monsoon rains, bhikkhus go into retreat at a monastery designated beforehand at the start of the rainy season. This practice was introduced during the life time of the Buddha. This tradition is still being observed today. To welcome the members of the Sangha, lay people will make offering of robes, food and other gifts.

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TRANSFERRING OF MERITS TO HUNGRY GHOSTS (PETAS) Chinese Seventh Lunar Month

The practice of transferring merits to departed ones originated from the time of the Buddha. The first person to hold such a ceremony was king Bimbisara. He was instructed to offer dana to the Maha Sangha and transfer the merits to hungry ghosts who had been his relative in his previous lives. After having received the merits, the hungry ghosts were relieved of sufferings.

The concept of hungry ghosts and the practice of transferring of merits to the dead were readily accepted by the Chinese when they came to know the Buddha Dhamma because these were similar to their belief in ancestor worship related to filial piety.

On that day, the temple management committee will make the necessary arrangement. The resident monks will lead the ceremony of transferring of merits to the departed ones.

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THADINGYUT FULL MOON DAY / ABHIDHAMMA DAY / PAVARANA DAY

Thadingyut Full Moon Day or Thadingyut Festival is a festival of lights and the second most popular festival in Myanmar after Water Festival (Thingyan). Burmeses celebrate it for 3 days: the day before the full moon day, the full moon day and the day after the full moon day, generally in October. During the festival days, streets, houses and buildings are lighted up with candles, lanterns and coloured electric bulbs to welcome the Buddha's descent from the Tavatimsa Heaven after he preached the Abhidhamma to his mother, Maya Devi, who was reborn in the Tavatimsa Heaven.

In some places, monks and devotes gather in a community hall and chant Abhidhamma together on this day. So, in Myanmar, this Thadingyut full moon day is also known as Abhidamma Day.

Thadingyut full moon day is the last day of Vassavasa period. On this day every Theravada monks must come to the community of monks (Sangha) and atone for any offense he may have committed during Vassavasa period. This is called Pavarana. After the Pavarana, the devotees offer requisites to each monks who participates in the Pavarana. So, in Myanmar, this Thadingyut full moon day is also known as Pavarana Day. Following the same practice, young people pay homage to elders during this periods and ask for forgiveness if they have committed any harm. This become one of the Burmese beautiful cultures.

Burmese believe that wedding during Vassavasa period is inappropriate. Therefore, weddings during the Vassavasa period are rare in Myanmar. After the Thadingyut full moon day weddings can be celebrated happily and auspiciously.

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KATHINA ROBE OFFERING 

Kathina civara means robes offered to the sangha during the kathina ceremony.

Offering of kathina robes was originally made to a group of bhikkhus known as the Bhaddavaggi Brothers of Paveyya region. The Buddha allowed a special form of robe offering to the members of the Sangha who were in need of robes. One-month period from the full moon day of October to the full moon day of November was prescribed as the period, during which, kathina robes may be offered. This special offering is purely voluntary. Bhikkhus are not supposed to ask for such offering even from their own parents. Robes are offered to the Sangha and not to any individual bhikkhu. These offerings are placed before the members of the Sangha who have observed their rains retreat. A prescribed ritual is held in a Sima (hall) by the Sangha before distributing the offerings to the needy bhikkhus in the presence of the assembly. This special offering of robes brings five kinds of benefit to the donors:

These five benefits are as follows:

  1. The donor will always have safe journey without worry, danger or obstacle.
  2. They will never suffer shortage of food and will not be harmed by poisoned food.
  3. They will not suffer loss by robbery or theft.
  4. They will not suffer loss by natural disasters.
  5. They can easily accomplish what they set out to do.

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ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF BUILDING

The present building of Burmese Buddhist Temple was built and opened on 29 December 1991. The annual anniversary celebration is usually held on a Sunday at the last week of December. All are cordially invited. By participating in the celebration you are sharing the merits of thousands of people who were involved in building of this great temple. Vegetarian lunch is served and free anniversary cakes are given to all in attendance.

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