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“cultural experience for western visitors”

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
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$36.88*
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Uncover the Gems of Chinatown Singapore
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$19.98*
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Ranked #13 of 818 things to do in Singapore
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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.
Brigantine, New Jersey
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“cultural experience for western visitors”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

100s of devout worshipers; giant golden figures and eye catching sacred altars, incense burning. Wonderful experience and an easily accessible during your Chinatown visit.

Visited November 2012
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Townsville, Australia
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“Pleasant diversion”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

We stopped to take photos and then went into the temple. It is very clean, was surprised to see a library and tea house on the upper level so we stopped for a tea. Very nice place and very peaceful. After this we were blessed by a monk and we made a offering of flowers with a candle burning. You should stop by an after shopping the stalls go inside the temple for some peace and quiet time to reflect and be a little mindful like the Buddha teaches

Visited August 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Wonderful, free temple”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Beautiful Chinese Buddhist temple in Chinatown. Two large halls, one has all the different chinese zodiacs and the other hall has the tooth relic. Locals worship here and tourists are visiting. Photos are allowed! Yay! Bright red and gold is in amazing contrast the the also beautiful Hindu temple nearby. Don't just shop in Chinatown, visit the temple. There is a visitor center outside, as well.

Visited September 2012
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darwin, Australia
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“Amazing History”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

It was great to see all the artefacts from around the world and find out about their meaning in the teachings. It was a little weird looking around while people were meditating but I guess they are used to blocking out tourists.

Visited November 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Exotic and welcoming”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

I foudn this to be quite interesting and different place to visit. I havent been to a buddhist temple before and this was intersting and tranquil in a very busy city.

Visited November 2012
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