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Opening Of Buddhist College In Lil Red Dot

on September 10, 2016

Venerable Kwang Sheng, Abbot & rector of the Buddhist college today opened the new 6 storey buddhist centre with guest of honor, Prime Minister Lee and other distinguished guests that I will name Dukes of Yore.

I was a guest of Duchess of Yore and went with her to this event. I am honored to be a part of this meaningful event.

Located at Bright Hill Drive and nestled within Phor Kak Si Monastery was where this huge buddha in meditative state resides in the grand event hall. It is a towering statue of garguantuan height!

The foresight of this abbot led him to start on a smallish scale, some 10 years ago, to have a school for dharma.

To him and his master before him, education, education and education would promote the Dharma.

Above: PM Lee giving a speech to the devotees and honored guests.

Today, this Buddhist College offers bachelor’s degree in Buddhist studies and philosophy up to doctoral level in collaboration with Sri Lanka, China and Thailand.

I learnt that Buddhism originated in India and travelled to Tibet, Asian countries like China, Thailand etc.

I am reminded of religious understanding, tolerance and mutual respect as different sanghas from Thailand, China and Sri Lanka meet to congratulate and  celebrate this event on 10 September 2016 at 10am.

I learnt.

I hope to be enlightened.

Unveiling the plaque to signify opening of the new buddhist college.

Nothing is ever complete without a meal in our culture of things.

We were hosted at the VIP table amongst 2 other Dukes of Yore, venerable high monks from Sri Lanka, Thailand and China.

Our meals were all vegetarian but were well cooked, plated and tasted yummy! 

Catered by Lingzhi Restaurant, our first course was a wrap of mock ham with veggies.

This was followed by a beautiful serving of wheat, millet and quinoa cooked in a tasty broth plated in a coconut and decorated with a flaming plate.

I sctaped off the coconut meat after devouring the soup.

Our next dish comprised golden needle mushrooms served on a bed of sprouts followed by stewed shitake mushrooms with brocolli spears.

Brown rice mixed with corn, carrots, kidney beans and cubed shitake mushrooms was served in a bamboo container. Absolutely tasty and fragrant!

Dessert was coconut sago with osmanthus jelly followed by “mountain civet cat durians” with seeds removed.

I stopped after 2 teaspoons of rice as it was really too much to eat for me.

Abbot Kwang Sheng was really humorous and said we must all eat more except for durians where he can save more for self later as he loved durians.

I replied him in same humor that if I ate anymore, his double sided doors would not fit me going out😁

Yes, I had to give them laughter or else it just ain’t Garfield Hug. 😊

I was complimented for being cheerful and joyous.

Phew…thankfully…else all the security detail on location would send me to the brig as the navy guys would say! Or detention barracks ha haπŸ˜…


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12 responses to “Opening Of Buddhist College In Lil Red Dot

  1. scifihammy says:

    What a prestigious event to be invited to. Honoured guest indeed. πŸ™‚

  2. It sounds amazing…really interesting to hear about this. Food sounded great too, pleased you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚ x

  3. Great account but what are durians?

    • Garfield Hug says:

      Durian is a tropical fruit. It is about the size of a bowling ball and it has a thorny spiky husk that holds pods of creamy delicious durian fruit. It can be described as pungent by non fans of durians. Durian is the king of fruits as people crave durians and the very good ones can cost up to SGD100 per fruit. Durians are available in Seattle Washington, Portland Oregon, San Francisco Chinatowns. These are from Thailand. We prefer the ones from Malaysia as there are bittersweet tasting and super sweet ones to choose from. This fruit is however lethal for diabetics as it is super high in sugars. My blog has featured durians. Perhaps you can search within my posts or google durian images to see it. Hope this helps Dave😊

  4. Neethu says:

    Wonderful…loved your description …πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

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