Buddhist temple to raise funds for new hall at special dinner

For a better future: (From left) Wong, tapestry artist Venerable Fa Guang, Venerable Sing Kan and local artiste Lotus Wong showing the items to be auctioned at the dinner at Shaw Parade.

SAM Poh Tong Temple is holding a fundraising dinner to further its cause of enlightening future generations.

Themed “Rebuilding Sam Poh Tong – Nurturing the Seeds of Wisdom”, the event anticipates the fundraising drive to hit RM500,000 for the Buddhist temple in Ampang Chinese Village.

Hoping that students would benefit from Dharma classes in the temple, Sam Poh Tong Temple abbess Venerable Sing Kan explained the fundraising theme.

“On Sundays, we have Dharma classes for the young children to teach them the significance of religion such as Buddhism and values like compassion.

“We impart the knowledge to them and hopefully, when they face challenges in life someday, they can overcome them with spiritual guidance,” she said.

The 70-year-old temple stopped organising Sunday school classes since May after it was demolished to make way for a new building.

An increasingly high number of students and devotees paying a visit to the temple resulted in inadequate space available to carry out its daily activities.

“In the past, we used the hall and divided it into six to seven classrooms using curtains.

“Sometimes, we even used the shrine hall for the classes,” she said.

It is not only the students who were affected by the insufficient space but devotees as well.

“We have events in the temple like a Buddhist retreat, but there is not enough space for everyone,” she said, adding that the new hall would solve this recurring problem.

The event will see unique collectibles auctioned off.

Among the items provided by donors are a rare agarwood piece and a tapestry which has images drawn with a monk’s blood.

Rebuilding Sam Poh Tong Nurturing the Seeds of Wisdom organising chairman Wong Mun Yee believed the concept of spiritual learning united the event’s participants for a good cause.

“Together, we share the vision of Venerable Sing Kan for education and hence, we aspire to realise the rebuilding of the new temple,” he said at a press conference in Shaw Parade recently.

There will be performances by local artistes to welcome the 1,000 anticipated guests for the event.

The fundraising dinner will take place at HGH Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur on Nov 27. Tickets for the dinner tables are priced at RM2,000, RM5,000 and RM10,000.

For details, call 012-202 2003 (Eddie) or 012-330 9518 (Sally).

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