Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Merit Making @ Wat Chetawan Thai Buddhist Temple

It has been 8 months since my beloved mother has left this world. 
I am always grateful for the good life, education and teachings 
she had given me. Now everything is like a dream to me.
Life is just an illusion. Was it real?
I have been the only sibling who has been arranging with
the Thai Temple's monks to conduct special prayers for
my mother from time to time. My other siblings have nicknamed
me as CTO (Chief Temple Officer) because of my better
understanding and knowledge in religious matters.
I am the youngest but I am louder than them so they
have to obey my beliefs for their own good.



1. The grand entrance to the Thai Temple @ Wat Chetawan - Jalan Gasing
Petaling Jaya which is near to University Hospital and University Malaya.





 2. They have impressive steps of Naga guarding the entrance to the Main Temple Hall.





3. Many devotees come to pray at this temple daily. It would be full on every weekend with people coming to make merits for themselves and their families. Some brought their new cars there for the monks to bless for better safety and smooth journeys.




4. There is a shrine for the 4 Faced Buddha which is similar to the one 
in Bangkok's Erawan Shrine which suffered a bomb blast recently.




5. There is a bell tower at the side.





6. This morning was the 2nd time I hired a Thai Chef from Bangkok 
to cook special delicious Thai Food as our offerings to the Thai Monks
as part of the rituals of merit making for my late mother.



7. Anyone can go there and ask the Thai Chef to cook for the monks.
He runs a small Thai Food Canteen behind the temple daily.
Everyday the visitors to the temple would have their meals there
where the prices are very reasonable.


8. I have been going there so frequently since my mother's passing 
and have become friends with all the monks. One Thai monk asked me
to teach them proper conversation English and I could not refuse
after much thoughts. We have regular night classes there beneath the
main temple hall (see the small windows below) 





9. It has been challenging for me to teach them English
using the Thai language as translation and guide. I always
had to be careful at all times and remind myself to be respectful
with strict manners & rightful speech!
I always had to slap my face when I wanted to
gossip nonsense.

Please continue to conduct prayers and merit making
for all your loved ones who have departed.

....





73 comments:

  1. Goodness me! I did not even know that there is such a beautiful Thai temple in Jalan Gasing. Bless your heart, TM. You are such a filial son and a devoted Buddhist. And you are also doing a good deed teaching the monks English. Bravo!

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    1. You are another one who just surprised me for not knowing that this temple exists. My colleague had earlier shocked me as he passed this road many times and was not aware too. I believe that you are always a good daughter too.

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  2. Ok...I didn't know there is such a nice Thai Temple in PJ. Frankly, Jalan Gasing is a road that I think I use less than 3 times. Not even familiar with that area too.

    Wow...you teach! That's nice and keep spreading the positive energy.

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    1. You sound like a resident of the other side of KL who seldom pass through the old town areas of PJ. You can bring your kids there on weekends for fun.

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  3. Wahseh, you really conducted English tuition for the monks, very kind of you.. I didnt know we can request for chefs to come over to the temple to cook for monks, coz they can't eat 'too good food'? But very kind & thoughtful of you la.. I'm laughing at your last part.. Sekali you teach them until geram and tersilap cakap those knn or ccb then how? kekeke..

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    1. So paiseh! You guys seem to know my mulut better in the blogs. So in reality, sama jugak as SK knows how often I cursed him. So, now is the time to repent and talk sweeter for me. I really had to pinch and slap myself not to gossip or bad mouth anything. When I didn't sit properly, they would not hesitate to point out too. I am learning to be mindful always.

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  4. Good afternoonn TM... Haze is here, tsk tsk...

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    1. Good afternoon.


      I have blown the haze to the south.



      So you received it!! YAY!

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  5. I remember the last picture, it was in FB, at first, i was thinking, what are you doing, keke...

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    1. You always so speed reading dei. i will close my FB soon.

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  6. Thumbs up for our CEC..Chief English Cikgu

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  7. The temple is very beautiful.

    I've passed many times and always wondered how it look inside as I never went in.

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    1. Now you have given me an idea to take more photos and share with everyone.

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  8. Anay must have learned to be very patient while teaching the monks, ya?
    Very good. Hehehhe

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    1. i would say the other way, the monks must have been very patient with Anay in the class!! muahahaha~~ :D

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    2. Lina is so wise. I really had to tame myself to be righteous in speech and patience with everyone now. English is not an easy language to learn and understand.

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  9. muahahaha.. Anay is the CTO in the family, that's indeed a nice title for Anay lah!! now Thambee knows Anay is the youngest of the siblings and yet he scolds KNNCCB the loudest in the family, this CTO surely be a "Chief TNMCH Officer" no doubt!!! muahahaha~~

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    1. Thambee has also been to this very famous Thai Temple in Jalan Gasing.. it is very beautiful temple and the last time Thambee went there, there were many constructions and renovations going on.. guess all must have completed because Thambee sees some new structures in the photo..

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    2. usually Thambee will first go into the main hall, then to the erawan shrine, then to the smaller hall below, then to the shrine of the goddess of mercy, and then the shrine of the laughing buddha, and finally to another hall near the entrance.. one round trip of praying and then will leave the temple..

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    3. Thambee didn't know there is a canteen!! is this new?? or maybe it is hidden behind the temple and Thambee didn't know about the place.. maybe can go there and have a great meal then..

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    4. Anay is such a nice person to offer to teach the monks conversational English!! i guess Anay is one good candidate because he masters both English and Thai, so it would be easier for the monks to learn.. and salute the monks who are still eager to learn!! they have been chanting mantras for the whole day and yet they are still learning English at night!! kudos..

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    5. Anay is surely making and earning merits with all the charity work he has been doing.. you will go to heaven, if not you will reincarnate to be a happy prince who will live happily ever after with a beautiful princess in your next life.. :)

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    6. *** Prince of Tirachiruppalli per se..

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    7. Muahahahaha.... silly thambee, never short of words to jibe, poke and make me laugh. I have so much bad karma, that's why no ending to clear them.
      Your mulut lagi celopar and busuk than mine. I will buy you toothpaste for your next birthday!

      I wonder when was the last time you visited that temple as they still have more constructions going on to build new shrines. I will snap photos to update my readers.

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  10. I do visit Thai temples to make merit for my mum and dad though we are not Buddhist. I grew up in a Chinese family where we also go to Chineses temples so I guess it does not harm whether I go to a Catholic one or not.

    The food, esp when there is a Buddhist holy day, is actually free at the temple.

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    1. Yes there is no harm to visit temples and churches as all religions teach everyone to be good and kind with clean hearts. I was not sure whether you are a Chinese or something else...! Now I know this guy in caps.

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    2. Now you know that I am not a teenager and that I am also Chinese. May you have a great life because of your selfless service to others.

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  11. I have seen this Thai Temple from outside but did not know that the area is so big inside. Good that you are doing all these - teaching the monks English. You have a big heart!

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    1. My heart is still small but I hope it will grow big someday. Next time when you go ronda-ronda in that area, please turn in to look see. Your luck and life will get better after that......

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  12. When I went to Krabi in 2013, we went to their Wat Thum Sir "Tiger Cave" temple and we spent the longest time there because we love to visit temples and praying for ourselves, family and even friends

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    1. I have been to that temple just last year when we went on cruise where it stopped at Krabi. Many tourists would go there to offer prayers and seek blessings.

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  13. It is good merit to offer food to the monks and teach them English, very meaningful

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    1. Oh yes, I am a firm believer in this too and hope the merits will bring my mother to a good place in heavens.

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  14. If I go Thailand again, one place I must always visit is their temples, but the recent bomb case near the famous Bangkok Four Face Buddha statue is a sad news, the terrorists are not afraid of karma by bombing near the Buddha?

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    1. All the terrorists are fanatics and believe in the wrong things. We should pray for them to have wisdom so that the world would have no more wars.

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  15. Sometimes I will chant Amitabha at home and transfer the merits to my family and even friends

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    1. This is very kind of you to offer merits to the others. Bigger merits and blessings will come to you.

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  16. Actually before my nephew is born, I already chanted Amitabha and transfer the merits to him so that he will have a smooth sailing and happy life as he grows up

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    1. What a good aunty. He will grow up and become close with you because he would feel grateful to you. Just wait and see...

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  17. I always find Buddhist temples really fascinating... i love how intricate the details are and the places look so serene...
    oh that's what I am about to ask.. I thought it was the same shrine that hits the news recently regarding with the bombing

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    1. That shrine was not bombed in Bangkok but just close to it. The deity at that shrine is similar to this one in Kuala Lumpur. You should blog about the Buddhist temples in Philippines someday to share with us.

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    2. wah.. i can't find one near my place.. will google it...Buddhist temples are different from the Chinese ones right? I mean I saw some temples in Binondo (the China town).. can't tell the differences though

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  18. I used to pass by this temple quite frequently when I was still hanging out in KL. But I never went in. My family, we are more towards the China/Taiwan sect of Buddhism so we never really visited Thai temples in Malaysia. The only Thai temples I visited were the ones in Hatyai when I was a kid.

    I'm impressed with your efforts to teach the Thai monks proper English, such a good way of accumulating good karma.

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    1. Oh well, I thought it must be fated that I have to teach them some simple English. So if that could make my life sweeter with less obstacles, why not?

      When you come back to KL, you can drop by to see this interesting temple. Whether we are Tibetan or Chinese Buddhism followers, it is still the same and safe to pay respects to the Thai Temple which prays to the Sakyamuni Buddha.

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  19. LOL! I like that title of CTO

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    1. Heh Heh!! You are Food Vulture! Hee Hee... Laughing back at you.

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  20. Goodness me second.. lol.. i really dunno that there is a Thai temple in KL.. and i stay in Klang Valley and study nearby before.. such a nob.. or maybe we chinese only know Tian Hou temple.. maybe coming CNY should go visit visit.. Thanks for sharing.. and good luck with teaching =)
    amitofo..
    oh by the way.. so will there be conflict for praying in Thai Temple as to Tian Hou Temple.. mighty sifu TM please chi dim chi dim.. lol

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    1. Why wait till CNY to pay respects and get blessings? We should do our homework daily or often to offer prayers & clear karma so that our life ahead will have smooth journey. Maybe you have a good life with no problems until you can wait for CNY. LOL

      I am a Tibetan Buddhist Follower and goes to this Thai Temple and Tien Ho Temple often. No conflicts and all Gods are happy. The heavens are so huge that there are trillions of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas with Dharma Protectors guarding the 4 Directions of this heavenly dimensions.

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    2. Ouch.. good whack there TM...but err... i do pray and get blessings from kwan yin at home everyday.. only temple visit wait till CNY .. lol.. like that not good enough is it? ok i shall repent and visit temple more often.. =P

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    3. Usually people who go to churches, temples and mosques will get good blessings as the big frequencies gather there when many people are praying hard. This is a true fact.

      However, some temples can be more powerful than others depending on their feng shui too. If you pray at home everyday with recitations of long prayers or chantings, it is also very good to bless you.

      I just spoke to my accountant over lunch about his altar at home where he also placed his ancestor's tablet. I told him about the given advice to place these tablets at the temples instead of our homes due to many reasons. One of the reasons are creating attachments for them besides my accountant does not do prayers to offer them. He proudly replied that he places tea and joss stick for them daily. I was shocked and pointed out that is not prayers at all. He was just offering respects yet asking them for big wishes in return!!! Adoi... no wonder our accounts went haywire many times. Now he realised his ignorance and greed.

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    4. Thanks master TM.. unfortunately i'm like your accountant friend.. though i did not asked for big wishes.. just ping ping an an for whole family.. should look for chantings for kwan yin...

      Also will suggest to parent to move ancestor tablet (first time knowing is call tablet) to temple.. So Thai temple acceptable? Move in fees? lol..

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    5. Hi Norick. This Thai temple does not have the place for ancestor tablets but many Taoist temples should have. This Thai temple follows the Theravada Buddhism which prays to the Sakyamuni Buddha like all the temples in Thailand. Please ask around or personally visit these temples to understand their charges and how they conduct prayers or offerings for the departed ones. If you know those shops that sell prayer joss sticks etc, they would be able to enlighten your many questions. I learnt from them how to pray to Dato Kong.

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  21. your mum are blessed with a good son like you..

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  22. I know this temple. Have passby many times before. been in there once...more than 30 years ago lo.

    Good that you teach them English...ahem ahem...don;t teach naughty things ah LOL

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  23. drink more water la, Anay. Haze. Later sore throat. teaching is not an easy taste. You very good la take the time to teach them though you are very busy

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  24. u speak thai? impressive...such a kind act to teach the monks for free...Teaching is not easy and I kinda 'salute' u for the patience.

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  25. This is really wonderful and so nice of you to take the challenge of teaching them English. And it’s good for them to learn the universal language.

    Beautiful temple complex and the architecture resembles the temples in Thailand.

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  26. My boss surely loves this temple as it has the four-faced Buddha. Maybe I should make a trip there to hv a look.

    Wow, you can be a good teacher..Well done.

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  27. I go to this temple several times. When I can't go to Bangkok to repay and give thanks to the blessings I obtained from Erawan Shrine in Bangkok. I will come to this temple to give my thanksgivings.
    Twilight, you are so blessed. You make merit for your beloved mom and now you are getting merit for yourself and your family. I am so proud. Every posts showed that you are making a leap in your life and you are progressing well in material world and spiritual world. Bless your kind soul.

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  28. "I am so proud of you"

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  29. Wonderful pictures here. We also have a Thai temple here in Thimphu.

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  30. The temple looks great. Nice snapshots on those. Hope u r coping well with the loss of your mom. Your mom must have a great life to have such a good son like you.

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  31. The temple looks great. Nice snapshots on those. Hope u r coping well with the loss of your mom. Your mom must have a great life to have such a good son like you.

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  32. I got here through Riku's blog. Well, I can really feel your love for your departed mom. She must be still proud of you. God bless her soul!

    With love from Bhutan,

    www.amrithdiary.wordpress.com

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  33. let's practice merit making wherever we go

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  34. I am sorry for your beloved and precious loss, my friend. Being the person who gave you everything in life, her departure must have hurt you a lot. And as a caring and responsible son, you also had done virtuous offerings in her name to the temple, to which I am sure, Buddha would have guided her soul to the peaceful heaven. God bless you.
    Take care. :)

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  35. Seeing this makes me wanna go travel so badly!

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  36. That's good!

    I've always regretted not spending more time with my mom before we learned she had cancer since she passed really quickly after that.

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