Paying Homage to Lord Buddha on Wesak Day @ Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist Temple

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paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day
11. devotees carrying the gigantic thangka to the compound to be sunned

At noon, disciples, devotees and volunteers hoisted the rolled up gigantic thangka of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha to the compound of the temple, then unfurlled it to be sunned. It is believed that exposing it to the strong sunshine allows it to absorb the power of the Sun God, hence promoting good health, success, peace and harmony.

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day
12. the gigantic thangka is out in the open

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day
13. unravelling the gigantic thangka

With the gigantic thangka unrolled and held head high, devotees were able to walk under it to receive blessings and good luck from Lord Sakyamuni Buddha for the coming year.

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day
14. the 60m by 12m gigantic thangka of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha in its full glory

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day
15. turning the gigantic thangka in the opposite direction

Other rituals conducted at the temple on Wesak Day included receiving blessings from deputy abbot Rev. Master Yong, bathing the statue of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha to improve harmony and inner balance, and participating in the wealth magnet to generate riches plus good fortune.

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day
16. sunning the gigantic thangka to promote good health, success, peace and harmony

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day
17. rolling up the gigantic thangka at the end of the ritual

Wesak Day celebration is observed annually at this temple. This year’s saw a blessing of RM20,000 by Second Finance Minister of Malaysia Y.B. Dato’ Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, who is also Tambun Member of Parliament, to construct a proper car park for this place of worship. Praise Lord Buddha.

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day
18. just a little bit more

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day
19. devotees return the gigantic thangka to its original storage place

The development of this Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist Temple is a continuous work in progress. In desperate need is an upgrade to its access road from the main Tambun – Ampang road, which is a 15 minutes’ drive to the 2.5 hectare temple site.

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day
20. bathing the statue of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha to improve harmony and inner balance

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day
21. blessings from Rev. Master Yong (deputy abbot of the temple)

This Wesak Day, devotees who arrived by express bus had to be shuttled by four school buses from the main road to the temple. An improved access road would definitely increase visitors to this potential major tourist attraction not only during Wesak Day but also on other days throughout the year.

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day
22. the wealth magnet to generate money

paying homage to Lord Buddha on Vesak Day
23. complimentary vegetarian lunch is served to all devotees

Annual programme for Wesak Day at Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist Temple (for non-Muslims only):

9am – 11am – Carry Lord Sakyamuni Buddha idol on your back to eradicate bad karma
11am – 12 noon – Sunning of the gigantic thangka to receive special blessings from Lord Sakyamuni Buddha

12.30pm – Vegetarian lunch is served

12.45pm – Disciples roll back the thangka
1.30pm – 2pm – (2nd session) Carry Lord Sakyamuni Buddha idol on your back to eradicate bad karma
2pm – Release of live animals (liberation of animals)

Event: Wesak Day Celebration 2014
Venue: Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist Temple, Tambun
Date: 13th May, 2014 (Wesak Day)
Time: from 9am

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With love

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