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|发表于: 21-01-09 星期三 12:45 am 发表主题: 记者眼中的万佛殿
A scenic place for prayers
By SIMON KHOO
PEACE and quiet prevails at the Wan Fo Tien temple or the “Ten Thousand Buddhas’ Hall” in Jalan Bukit Ubi in Kuantan most of the day.
However, the temple is a hive of activity almost every evening when scores of devotees visit it to pay homage to the deities or just to enjoy the scenic view of the surroundings or to feed the fishes and tortoises in the ponds with bread crumbs.
An aerial view of the pond at the Wan Fo Tien temple in Jalan Buki Ubi, Kuantan.
Pahang Buddhist Association chairman Hor Chin Sim said that the temple had undergone upgrading and beautification for the benefit of visitors.
He said about RM300,000 raised from the public was used to import statues from the Fujian province in China.
“Besides the statues of the 18 immortals, we also have statues of little monks placed at strategic spots.
At the entrance: A stone sign at the Wan Fo Tien temple.
“Our aim is to remind the people of the teachings of Buddha and to make the premises more attractive to visitors.
“We also intend to build a bridge across the pond and will look for the necessary funds,” he said.
Hor said presently they were in the midst of completing the expansion of a RM2mil haemodialysis centre.
Regal: A statue of the Goddess of Mercy at the temple.
He said the building was expected to be ready soon and that 32 dialysis machines would be made available to 42 registered patients.
“The centre will benefit the poor and needy of all races who are suffering from renal diseases.
“It will operate in three shifts as the number of people diagnosed with kidney failure is increasing yearly,” he said.
Fishes come out to play: A fish pond at the Wan Fo Tien temple.
Hor said other community activities held throughout the year include motivation talks, youth training camps and a blood donation drive.
He said religious talks led by its adviser Venerable Sik Ji Xing were also held for the benefit of non-bumiputras trainees from at least four National Service camps.
“Our yearly religious activities are dharma talks, meditation classes for adults and dharma classes for children,” he said.
For rest: One of the huts for visitors.
The temple also organises activities and fund-raising programmes during special occasions like Wesak Day and the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The RM8mil temple administered by the association was set up in 1967.
Its main attraction is a 5.5m high statue of Buddha made of a piece of white Han jade imported from Sichuan province and sculptured in Beijing, China.
The walls of the main prayer hall are decorated with 15,743 pieces of tiles with the image of Buddha on each piece.
For more information, the public can contact the association at 09-573 9644 or email