It has been a while since I updated on the development of Thrangu Dharma Retreat Centre in Tambun.
The last time I wrote about this centre was in January, 2014, when the committee was requesting for sponsorship and donation for a 11 feet Lord Maitreya Buddha and Green Tara statues, following the successful reconstruction of the building.
Although the building is completed, the project is still very much a work in progress. The committee continuously strives to outfit it with more relevant Buddha statues and paraphernalia.
Moreover, adjacent to this 4-storey prayer centre is another project, the building of a dormitory for visiting Gurus, Rinpoches, Lamas and retreatants. Thrangu Dharma Retreat Centre is, after all, a retreat centre.
The dormitory is expected to cost some RM1.2 million. Due to this huge amount, progress is inevitably slow.
I have been told that the Centre committee hopes to invite The Venerable 9th Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche for the official opening ceremony of this retreat centre, preferably in the first half of next year.
Every Sunday from 10.30am, regular activities held are as follows:
1st Sunday: Green Tara Puja
2nd Sunday: 4-Armed Chenrezig Puja
3rd Sunday: Guru Rinpoche Puja
4th Sunday: Medicine Buddha Puja
5th Sunday: Amitabha Puja
Annual activities at Thrangu Dharma Retreat Centre are held in conjunction with Chinese New Year, Wesak Day and Ghost Month (Jangchok in the 7th Month of the Chinese lunar calendar).
Other pujas are organised at the retreat centre as and when visiting Gurus are engaged. Meanwhile, extended services conducted for devotees by Resident Lama, Lama Sangye, include prayers for the ill or the deceased as well as spiritual healing and blessing.
According to Madam Lee, Chairperson of the management committee of the retreat centre, they are ever ready to welcome devotees and visitors to the centre.
She said, “It is through the merits of our Guru that this holy cave has been transformed into this beautiful retreat centre and we hope that more people can get to enjoy its holy surroundings.
“Kind and generous donors, in cash and kind, played a very important role to help us realise the dream of transforming this cave into this beautiful retreat centre so that more people can come here to pray and for dharma practice.
“I hope that more people will come to the centre to learn the teachings of Buddha. At times, our Resident Lama, Lama Sangye too gives teachings during our normal Sunday puja practice.
“Devotees are also invited to participate in our retreats, which are conducted as and when our Lama is available.”
Thrangu Dharma Retreat Centre Tambun is open on Sundays from about 10am and between 1pm to 3pm on other days of the week. Those who would like to drop by are advised to call up the phone number furnished below for an appointment.
Mdm. Lee Lai Keen (+6012-435 2648)
Mr. Seow Boo Keong (+6012-592 6231)
Ms. Gunavathy (+6017-521 3227)
As you can see, Thrangu Dharma Retreat Centre is a work in progress and continues to require the generous financial support of devotees and well-wishers.
For sponsorship and donation:
Thrangu Dharma Retreat Centre Tambun
Maybank account number: 5080 2913 9284
Bank: Malayan Banking Bhd.
Mdm. Lee Lai Keen (+6012-435 2648)
Mdm. Tan Ai Kheng (+6017-575 0755)
Mr. Tan Peng Seng (+6012-590 3525)
Thrangu Dharma Retreat Centre
Add: 7.5 miles, Jalan Tambun, Tanjung Rambutan, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.
GPS Coordinates: N 04° 38.642′ E101° 09.364′
Tel: 012-4352648 (Mdm. Lee Lai Keen – Chairperson)
All are welcome – for non-Muslims only.
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