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“Peaceful place in Chinatown”

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
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Owner description: The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum (BTRTM) was founded in 2002 by Venerable Shi Fazhao. It was registered by the Registrar of Societies in 20th February 2003, and as a charity under the Charities Act in 8th January 2004. The Temple is dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha, which means 'The Compassionate One', and also called 'The Future Buddha'. (A)WEEKLY FREE GUIDED TOUR: BTRTM is pleased to offer a 1 1/2 - 2 hrs long guided tour of the Temple every Saturdays at 2pm. The tour will be conducted free-of-charge in English by the temple's Volunteers guides. Limited slots are available per weekly session. Confirmed registration is based on first-come-first-serve basis. (B)DISCOVERING BUDDHISM: Shakyanmuni Buddha had gained insight into the truth, perfected the qualities of wisdom and compassion over 2560 years ago. His teachings develops clarity in minds, enables abilities to end suffering and finds lasting happiness. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is carrying on the mission in offering "Discovering Buddhism' programme. 'Discovering Buddhism' is a specially designed programme for participants to gain experiential taste of Chinese Mahayana Buddhist etiquette, Basic Buddhist teachings and Basic Meditation within a day. This English taught programme is suitable for both tourists who wish to learn more about Buddhism and experienced learners who needs a refresher. Participants will benefit from the interactive and engaging teaching led by Venerable Wu Xiang and Venerable Ru Zhi who have more than a decade experience teaching Buddhism and Meditation in different cultural settings! [Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Etiquette] Buddhist etiquette is an important part of every Buddhist life. It expresses religious sentiments to the Buddha, the Teacher (Monk or Nun) and promotes gracefulness in social interactions. This is also a mean of training in mindfulness in every action one is taking. [Basic Buddhist teachings] Buddhism has been transmitted over the past centuries because of its timeless and enduring message to the spiritual needs of man in finding true peace, happiness, and well-being. In this part of the programme, learn about the basic essential knowledge of Buddhism. [Basic Meditation] Buddhist have been practicing meditation in cultivating calm, focused and positive states of mind. Introductory of technique will be taught to enable the participants to learn practical tips on how to achieve a clearer state of mind and focus better. Things to take note : * Avoid wearing hats, shorts or revealing tops * The organizer reserves the right to cancel the tour due to unforeseen circumstances. In such instances, registrants will be notified via their mobile phones.
Reviewed June 11, 2012

Whether you are a devotee, a tourist or a local (regardless of religion), you are free to enter the place. There are no admission charges. Pictures are allowed on certain floors but definitely not allowed on the floor which houses the tooth relic. Footwear is required at all places but not allowed when viewing the tooth relic.

There are also prayer sessions within the temple.

At the roof level, it is very serene with lots of orchids known as the Dendrobium Buddha Tooth orchid plants. There is also the Vairocana Buddha Prayer Wheel which was originally a book shelf for the sutras. It has a central shaft so that it can rotate, making it easier to search for sutras.

Dress code to be observed is no shorts/mini skirts or sleeveless. But even if you do wear those in, there are sarongs and shawls provided so just put them on to show respect.

This place is no doubt beautiful, peaceful with greenery at the rooftop and adorned with gold at the fourth floor. At the third floor, there is also a museum if you are interested in knowing more about Buddhism. But if you would like to visit a temple where many Singaporeans go to, it is the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple located in Bugis.

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Reviewed June 11, 2012

In the outskirts of Chinatown this temple of peace can be found. The history about Buddhism and local tradition is explained thoroughly on different levels. Don't miss the roof garden it is amazing. Meditation is possible in the inside and very very enjoyable.

If you can be there for a ceremony you will be amazed by the monotone choruses.

In the library there are plenty of books for sell, but also interesting introductions to Buddhism for free.

Great place will be back this year!

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Reviewed June 10, 2012

One of the temples I frequent very often when I was working in town. This temple is not only a place for Buddhist to make their prayers, it’s like a museum, temple and garden all in one.

Remember to visit the museums at the upper level where you can learn more about the history of Buddhism, and appreciate some of the fantastic Buddhist artwork.

Not to forget, the rooftop garden at the top of the temple, one of the quietest place in the temple. You can relax and enjoy the scenery while getting some peace in town. Don’t forget to walk around the big bell in the garden, they say that walking around the bell is also a representation of reciting the sutra.

After leaving the temple, try the vegetarian at eight treasure vegetarian restaurant just beside the temple’s back entrance (facing the road), for those with a budget in mind, try the organic food along the food street, something equally delicious.

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Reviewed June 8, 2012

This temple is one of the oldest in the city. Its bang in the heart of Chinatown and is beautifully preserved. Monks and locals chant hymns all day long and just sitting there fills one with peace and quiet. Its beautiful!

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Reviewed June 6, 2012

But worth checking out the numerous Buddhas. It is close to Chinatown so worth visiting

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