Our Story

To nurtures a culture for the active propagation, learning and practice of socially-engaged Dharma, guided by Compassion and Wisdom, for the Enlightenment of all.

Founded in 1921 by Venerable Sik Zhuan Dao, it was meant to be a place for practice, to propagate the Dharma, and to provide lodging for monks, as many who came to Singapore did not have lodging at that time.

It was built in the midst of a rubber plantation situated at Kong Meng San, thus came the name of Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (KMSPKS). It became the first traditional Chinese forest monastery in Singapore.

KMSPKS has grown dynamically with the changing world in its Dharma propagation efforts. We aspire to be a model of international Buddhist hub, which nurtures a culture for the active propagation, learning and practice of socially-engaged Dharma, guided by Compassion and Wisdom, for the Enlightenment of all.

Milestone

Year Events
1921 Venerable Sik Zhuan Dao founded KMSPKS
1943 Venerable Sik Zhuan Dao passed on at the age of 72
Venerable Seck Hong Choon took over as second abbot
1947 Completion of building – Crematorium
Completion of building – Columbarium
1966 First Grand Dedication of Merits Ceremony at KMSPKS
1971 Start of Phor Kark See Monastery Extension Project Fund Trusteeship
1978 Completion of building – Dharma Hall & Library
1980 Completion of building: Hall of Great Compassion
Completion of Evergreen Nursing Home
1982 Completion of building – Hall of Precepts
1984 First monastery in Singapore to hold 3-steps-1-bow
1985 – Organised the first Novitiate Programme;
– Visit by Her Royal Highness, Princess Sirinthron of Thailand to offer robes presented by His Eminence, the Supreme Patriarch of the Thai monastic community;
– Foundation-Laying Ceremony of the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas officiated by Deputy Supreme Patriarch of Thailand;
– Mass prayers for the victims of the New World Hotel Collapse Disaster.
1987 Venerable Seck Hong Choon was conferred the title of “Supreme Chinese Monk” by His Royal Majesty King of Thailand
1990 Venerable Seck Hong Choon passed on at the age of 84
1991 Venerable Sik Yen Pei took over as third abbot
1994 Venerable Sik Long Gen took over as fourth abbot
1995 Venerable Sik Sui Kim took over as fifth abbot
1998 Venerable Sik Kwang Sheng, then Chief Administrator formed KMSPKS Dharma Propagation Division (DPD)
2003 Completion of building – Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall
2004 Venerable Sik Kwang Sheng’s Investiture Abbotship, undertaking as sixth abbot
2005 Organised Gandara Exhibition with ACM
2006 KMSPKS’ Inaugural Ceremony
Fund-raising Buddhist Concert Voices of Harmony at Indoor Stadium
2007 First pilgrimage trip led by monastery to India