I visited this great Temple in Penang
I visited the famous Penang Burmese Buddhist temple a few days ago again. I loved this temple and so many new improvements have been added to it since the last time I visited. It is so well maintained, always clean and the staff are very friendly and nice. In my video, I give you some more facts about this beautiful, holy and sanctified place.
This temple is over 200 years old and is still functioning as a major spiritual centre for Buddhists in Penang.
Over a decade back I stayed in Penang for over a month and I was ten mins walk from this temple. I used to go with a group every morning to circumambulate, do prayers, make offerings and recite my sadhanas there in the morning. It holds alot of good memories. Early in the mornings it is very peaceful, quiet, fresh and contemplative to be there.
Penang is a quaint little island in North Malaysia. It’s clean, easy to get around, very green, mountainous, and people enjoy a simple laid back life. There are so many temples, some very huge in Penang. I didn’t visit all, but just a few and I loved it. I would recommend to visit Penang for it’s special unique island life and culture…
Let me take you on a quick tour and introduction. I hope you can visit one day also. But until then, enjoy this blog post.
Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
some comments from my facebook about the video above:
Sara Andreyev: Thank you Seng piow I enjoyed that very much! I had the pleasure of visiting this Temple when I was in Penang. Thank You Rinpoche for sending me to see all the beautiful Temples in Penang.
Steve Tobias: Very beautiful and great documentary, thank you. I bet all sorts of people will find it on Youtube.
Mandana Doust: beautiful place! thanks for sharing
Fernanda Pinheiro: SO ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL THANK YOU SO MUCH RINPOCHE
Kiran Kc: H.E. Rimpoche thank you very2 much for sharing, This wounderfull and great history of Shakya Muni Buddha. It’s a great privillege.
The entrance to this holy place……
I love this absolutely stunning image of the Standing Buddha in this temple. I use to sit here for hours daily doing my prayers and practice when I was staying in Penang over ten years back. Coming here again brought back so many beautiful memories.
I love all images of Buddhas but this one is breathtaking….
These are Buddhas donated to this temple from various countries. The Buddhas are carved according to the unique style of each country….nice.
To the side of the main Chapel to the standing Buddha is a sacred stupa.
They also have a Bodhi tree on the temple premises reminding us of Buddha’s enlightenment.
This Buddha in the Burmese temple is over 200 years old. I was amazed at the proportions, carving, artwork, and expression on the face…it looks so placid and alive..of course all Buddha statues embody the living spirit of Lord Buddha, but good artwork helps alot. And this image of the Buddha is of the highest quality.
Closeup of this Buddha. I love this image so much. When looking at Him, I feel He is alive…
This chapel houses the holy image of Arhat Upagatta. I love this place. Upagatta is said to grant many miracles such as excorcism from malicious spirits, help school children in doing well in their exams, etc…During examination season, the place is packed with school kids making offerings and prayers to Upagatta. I talk more in the video about this great Upagatta that I have much faith in also.
This is the great wall of renounciation..where Shakyamuni as a Prince left the royal household on his horse to become a monk (renounciate).
This is the tower of the bell housed in the temple. Each floor houses many carved marble plaques from various countries around the world commemorating the Buddha. Very nice…must visit this Bell Tower in the temple.
This plaque is from Tibet and it depicts Lord Tsongkapa in the centre, left Tsongkapa with disciples and right Dzambala. Behind the Potala.
This temple in Penang is AN ABSOLUTE MUST TO VISIT. You must visit, make offerings, prayers, soak in the history behind it, meditate, make prayers and pay homage to Upagatta. It will bless your day, your week, your month, your life……
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