Beer Bottle Temple in Thailand

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Liaison Sharon Saw, sent me the photos below of a temple made out of beer bottles! It’s located about 400 miles North-East of Bangkok (Thailand) in the city of Khun Han. It’s very close to the Cambodian border.

This temple is called “Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew Temple” and the monks in this temple spent about 25 years building it out of 1.5 million beer bottles. Their initial idea was to clean up the beer bottle pollution…but through this environmentally friendly way of utilizing discarded bottles it turned out to be quite a piece of unique architecture! They started this building project in 1984, and it is (still) now the only temple in the world made out of beer bottles.

The monks helped to clean up the local pollution of Heineken and Chang (local beer!) beer bottles. You can see from the photos that the bottles beautifully reflect the sun in Thailand. From the crematorium to the toilets – the walls, ground and ceiling are all made out of beer bottles.
The temple stands to resemble the monks mindfulness of the environment and displays their creativity and dedication to complete it. Taking one look at the temple reminds us of the severe damage done to the environment if these 1.5 million bottles were left on the ground, not collected and not recycled. But with an open mind, look at what can be created and be used for such a good purpose. These million of beer bottles shelters the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha!

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(Photos extracted from Tree Hugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/10/temple-built-from-beer-bottles.php and Green Upgrader: http://greenupgrader.com/4262/one-million-beer-bottles-later-and-its-a-buddhist-temple/2/)

 

 


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17 Responses to Beer Bottle Temple in Thailand

  1. Andrew Chiam on Oct 5, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Hi Rinpoche, hello again. Thanks for the posting on the beer bottle temple and thanks to Sharon for such a wonderful sharing.
    It’s really inspiring to see such a great use of unlimitless gift of god to human…the imagination. Imagination combined with strong faith,determination and pure altruistic intention bring many possibilities and limitless benefit to all sentinent beings.

  2. Anila on Oct 5, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew Temple was built with accumulations of 1.5 million beer bottles collected in 25 years. This temple was built by Thai monks. Thsiland is a country were there are lots of tourists. There is no problems in getting beer bottles to build the temple. Definitely it will go into the Guiness Book of Records as this is the only one in the world. The Thais are really very creative people. To try to have a clean environment and get rid of unwanted beer bottles the monks have built a temple by recycling beer bottles. I hope the Thais will come up with more creative recycling projects for the benefit of their country.

  3. Maggie Chang on Oct 5, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I’ll bet this temple is very cooling.

  4. David Quah on Oct 5, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful pictures that Sharon sent you. I now recalled that I have visited this place before. It is awesome and definately a master piece.

  5. Josh Akers on Oct 6, 2010 at 5:33 am

    I think over my lifetime thus far I could have built at least one chunk of that wall. I almost totally quit drinking. It was affecting my whole life just too much. I have 1 beer 2x a week maybe now, I still need a little island of Samsara now and then, where I can just forget about my troubles. I’m working on the great purge of all bad habits but it’s a long term goal for me. It will not happen overnight.

    In other news: I always thought if you could get me to stop eating meat, you could literally get anybody to do it. I am a vegetarian completely now. Bye-bye cheeseburger, pepperoni pizza, we had some fun times… Now I have higher goals, and I’m not sad you’re gone.

    -Josh Akers :)

  6. LT Loo on Oct 6, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Reading this post reminded me of Rinpoche teaches us on a little action we do each day with Dharma motivation could lead to big spiritual gain in the future. A little discard beer might look insignificant but combination of millions of it with effort, patient and right motivation, it could become a masterpiece like one shows in the picture!
    I’m constantly being habitually caught up with the past and worried about the future and fail to see the potential of the little beer bottle in my daily life!
    Thanks Rinpoche for reminding again.

  7. patsy on Oct 6, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    What a good way to recycle unwanted products. After 25 years of perseverance and hard work with the use of 1.5million beer bottles that were discarded, these monks have created a masterpiece!

  8. Ling on Oct 7, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Awesome! Who would have thought? Instead of Junk its ART + FUNCTION with REVERENCE!

    Instead of ignoring the problem, the monks took ownership and set out, go about with enthusiastic effort, dedication and loads of patience, love to create this magnificent structure!

    So very creative, highly imaginative and beautifully constructed. I am sure the reflection from the bottles create a symphony of sorts when the sun shines on them!

  9. Sean Wang on Oct 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    Thank you for posting on the beer bottle temple. Thank you Mama for providing the pictures. The pictures are just lovely.

    I think it is quite amazing that they made something good out of something that once contained intoxicants. I think that the beer bottle temple is the same as a human sometimes.

    We are sometimes just vessels for negative thoughts to arise. Even so, we can still be better people if we want to. If we want to, we will.

  10. Sean Wang on Oct 8, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    Thank you for posting on the beer bottle temple. Thank you Mama for providing the pictures. The pictures are just lovely.

    This is exactly same like the art that people make through rubbish that end up as masterpieces.

    I think it is quite amazing that they made something good out of something that once contained intoxicants. I think that the beer bottle temple is the same as a human sometimes.

    We are sometimes just vessels for negative thoughts to arise. Even so, we can still be better people if we want to. If we want to, we will.

    I really wish I could go there once.

  11. Uncle Eddie on Oct 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Fantastic, a temple made out of beer bottles, located in the city of Khun Han, 400miles north-east of Bangkok close to the Cambodhian border. Such marvelous creation of unique architecture which should rightfully be reserved and saved into the Book of World record. With 25 years of of patience and perserverence, primarily helping out to clean up the pollution of beer bottles, it turns out to be a display of good faith, devotion,effort, determination, and loving-kindness to put the 1.5 million of duly purified beer bottles to good use to provide shelter for the Three Jewels. My heartiest congratulations to all the devout monks and hardworking members of “WAT PA MAHA CHEDI KAEW TEMPLE”.

  12. Travis Smith on Dec 11, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Thanks for the great details! Looking forward to hearing more stuff about this!

  13. su_zan on Jul 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing about the beer bottle temple.. Its very beautiful… and the person for having such a great idea. Hopefully i can visit the temple later in life. Indeed a very great idea to safe the planet. Nice…

  14. Cynthia on Sep 15, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Everything is so well thought of. Other than being eco-friendly, it’s even architecturally Thai. Conceptually and aesthetically I think it’s brilliant. I can imagine it’s more beautiful than in the pictures because of the glass texture. It’s definitely the sincere motivation of the monks wanting to help better the environment for the benefit of the Thais. Such care they have shown.

  15. Wan on Jun 23, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Thank you for sharing the beer bottle temple. Its amazing to see how creative of human to build this temple and i believe it full with the faith, patience and effort to make this happen.

    The temple look beautiful, serene and it save the world by recycling of beer bottle. what a wonderful thought of it.

  16. Jean Mei on Feb 13, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    THIS IS AWESOME!!

    1. It is good for the environment – helps Thailand with their clean-up efforts, so that they don’t have a gazillion empty bottles littering the streets.
    2. It serves as a good reminder to the sangha and other Dharma practitioners about attachments that continue to keep us in samsara.

    I think that this is such a great idea, for both the country, the temple and the practitioners.

    I hope that the bottles were treated before being used. Am a bit weary about how long-lasting and hardy glass bottles are!

    The Thai’s are incredibility creative. I remember reading another one of Rinpoche’s blog post about the innovative floatation devices that they came up with during the flood.

    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/funnies/how-to-survive-a-flood.html

    Some are hilarious but we all have to admire their ingenuity! lol x

  17. Vinnie Tan on Jul 29, 2013 at 6:24 am

    It is so creative of the monks to think of this idea. It is a great idea. Not only does it help them with the material costing of the building of the temple, but it also helps to clean the environment in Thailand. They have done so much more then just getting these bottles to recycle. They have built a temple using materials like this showing the simplicity that they have, and that they have no attachment to material items. I am so happy that Sharon shared these photos with Rinpoche to be shared with all the blog readers.

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Qing Ming remembrance Day 2015 at Kechara House gompa on 30/3/2015,Dharma Protector Puja ( English) For Chinese session puja will be held on 1/42015.Time: 8 - 10pm.Qing Ming dedication cards are available at Frontdesk +603 7803 3908. Lucy Yap
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Fortunate ones who got personal blessings from Pastor Yek Yee after the dharma sharing on Dorje Shugden. From: June Tang (Khjb)
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For our Dharma sharing, Pastor Yek Yee introduce to us the understanding of DORJE SHUGDEN practice and his benefits. From: June Tang (Khjb)
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First Dorje Shugden puja progress at KHJB now. From: June Tang (Khjb)
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First session puja in progress now. From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Pastor Yek Yee and puja team busy setting up the first puja at KHJB at early dawn. From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Wai Meng has shared the introduction of Dorje Shugden with the members of Kechara Ipoh Study Group upon the arrival of Dorje Shugden to our chapel today. Kin Hoe
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Celine has sincerely offered the butter lamp to Dorje Shugden in Kechara Ipoh chapel today. Thanks for her participation and stayed with us for the entire puja and cleaning up the chapel after the puja today. Kin Hoe
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Kit Ping has offered a butter lamp to Dorje Shugden upon Dorje Shugden's arrival at Kechara Ipoh chapel. May Kit Ping and her family be blessed and protected by Dorje Shugden always. Kin Hoe
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Through the kindness and compassion of our Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has invited Buddha Dorje Shugden back to Ipoh chapel today. We performed the Setrap and Dorje Shudgen puja and dedicated our prayers for our Guru's long life and good health. Our dedication extended to the victims of Germanwings airplane tragedy that took the lives of 150 people and we prayed for their good and swift rebirth. Kin Hoe
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"The importance of Bodhicitta" from Day 16 of Lamrim text explained by Pastor Han Nee in English adult Dharma class year 3 , Pt.1. Lucy Yap
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Chinese Dharma classes,term two at Kechara House gompa this morning. Lucy Yap
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Beginner ( level 1) English Dharma class at Kechara House gompa today, students were taught on "Vegetarianism" by Ron Wong.Pastor Gim Lee is the pastor on duty. Lucy Yap
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It is a good idea to become accustomed to sitting in the posture of Buddha Vairochana. Today's adult English Dharma class year 2 at Kechara House gompa, Tat Ming teaches "Vairochana posture for meditation" Lucy Yap
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New term starts today for Children Dharma classes for kids, juniors and seniors at Kechara House gompa. http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/education/kids/childrens-dharma-class/ Lucy Yap
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Count down for the "BIG MOMENT " From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Hurting yourself doesn’t stop with yourself. You hurt all those who love you as well.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Everyone makes mistakes, but those who own up to it will grow and inspire others.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Selectiveness arises from selfish mind, lazy mind, habitual mind. We are selective because we hold onto permanence.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
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The conditions for someone to be perfect are impermanent. The conditions for someone to be imperfect are impermanent too – don’t be attached to either.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
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~Don’t miss this: Offering onto Vajra Yogini~ I have given a short explanation of why we offer ornaments to the Buddhas in this video. Dear friends around the world, Welcome again to another post. I am very happy to have you visit. Last night myself with an artistic group of Kecharians did beautiful ornament offerings to Vajra ...~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dont-miss-this-offering-onto-vajra-yogini.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
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All preparations are just for this Sunday "Big day" at Kechara (JB). From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Have some principles of creating a zero pain free area around ourselves. That would be a great way to live. Zero pain free zone around ourselves. That means wherever we go, we create no pain for anyone. ~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Chickens are tortured, locked up, kicked and never see sunlight and living in their own feces in egg farms. This is just to produce eggs. Billions of chickens live like this their whole lives. When their usefulness is done laying eggs, these hens are sent to the slaughter house for our fried chickens, chicken burgers, chicken fried rice, chicken sandwhiches, chicken satay, chicken fried rice and chicken soups. Remember this picture please. They can feel pain too just like us. ~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (khjb)
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~Good news at Nando’s!~ GOOD NEWS! I was having a casual chat with Pastor David last night about vegetarian food and he said he heard Nando’s has vegetarian burgers! I hadn’t heard of this. I was like really?? I asked him to please check! Today he confirmed that certain Nando’s branches does have vegetarian burgers now! ~Tsem Rinpche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/good-news-at-nandos.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
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