History & Milestones 缘起
Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (KMSPKS) was founded in 1921 by Venerable Sik Zhuan Dao as a place for Buddhist practice, to share the Dharma, and to provide lodging for monks, as many Sangha members who came to Singapore at that time did not have a place to stay.
Venerable Zhuan Dao passed on in 1943, at the age of 72. In 1947, Venerable Seck Hong Choon became the second abbot of KMSPKS. With great perseverance and the support from his 280,000 disciples worldwide, Venerable Hong Choon progressively developed and expanded the monastery.
Venerable Hong Choon’s contributions to Buddhism were felt not only in Singapore but also in South East Asia. He was conferred the title of “Supreme Chinese Monk” by the Thai King, Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1987 as a tribute to him.
On 25 December 1990, Singapore lost one of her most highly regarded monks of our time when Venerable Hong Choon passed on at the age of 84. Venerable Sik Yen Pei took up the abbotship in 1991, followed by Venerable Sik Long Gen in 1994. The fifth abbot of the monastery was Venerable Sik Sui Kim who was also the abbot of Xing Yuan Temple, as well as Hwa Zhang Temple in the Philippines.
Venerable Sik Kwang Sheng was appointed on 5 June 2004 as the sixth and incumbent abbot of the monastery.
Significance of Our Name
According to the Sutras, “Kong Meng San (Guang Ming Shan)” is the name of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva’s (Guan Yin Pu Sa) Pureland. In the Chapter of “Entering the Dharma Realm” in the Flower Garland Sutra, it was recorded that the youth Sudhana (Shan Cai Tong Zi) had visited 53 great spiritual teachers and his 27th teacher was Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva who taught him the practice of great compassion. As a mark of respect for this significant encounter, KMSPKS conducts the Great Compassion Obstacle Elimination Ceremony on the 27th day of every lunar month.
The second part of our name, “Phor Kark See (Pu Jue Si)”, is translated as “the Monastery of Universal Awakening”. This name bears the great importance of serving as a reminder “to abide by the right understanding of the Dharma, to benefit all sentient beings, and to realise great liberation and Buddhahood.”
A Chronological Snapshot of Our Growth and Achievements
|1921||• KMSPKS was founded by Venerable Sik Zhuan Dao.|
|1947||• Venerable Seck Hong Choon took over as the second abbot.
• Construction of the Crematorium and Columbarium was completed.
|1966||• The first Grand Dedication of Merit Ceremony was held.|
|1971||• The ‘Extension Project Fund’ Trusteeship was set up.|
|1978||• Construction of the Dharma Hall & Library was completed.|
|1980||• Construction of the Hall of Great Compassion was completed.|
|1982||• Construction of the Hall of Precepts was completed.|
|1984||• The first 3-Steps-1-Bow Ceremony was held.
KMSPKS is the first monastery in Singapore to hold this ceremony.
|1985||• 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 was officiated by the Deputy Supreme Patriarch of Thailand. Mass prayers for the victims of the New World Hotel Collapse were held.
|1987||• Venerable Seck Hong Choon was conferred the title of Supreme Chinese Monk by His Royal Majesty, King of Thailand.
|1991||• Venerable Sik Yen Pei took over as the third abbot.|
|1994||• Venerable Sik Long Gen took over as the fourth abbot.|
|1995||• Venerable Sik Sui Kim took over as the fifth abbot.|
|1998||• Venerable Sik Kwang Sheng, then Chief Administrator, formed the KMSPKS Dharma Propagation Division (DPD).|
|2003||• Construction of the Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall was completed.|
|2004||• Venerable Sik Kwang Sheng took over as the sixth abbot.
• Organised the Triple Platform Ordination Ceremony.
|2005||• The first Buddhist-themed concert was held in KMSPKS.
• The Buddhist College of Singapore (BCS) was established.
• Co-organised the Gandara Exhibition with the Asian Civilisations Museum.
• Published the inaugural issue of Awaken Magazine.
|2006||• The first Buddhist Concert "Voices of Harmony" was held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium to raise funds for the Singapore Buddhist Federation’s upgrading project fund of Maha Bodhi School.
• The inaugural batch of monastic students at the BCS was admitted.
• Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Museum was opened.
|2007||• Undertook first pilgrimage trip to India led by KMSPKS, with Venerable Kwang Sheng.
• First Recycling initiative, "A Mindfully Green Campaign" was launched.
• Collaboration between Venerable Kwang Sheng and Ocean Butterflies Music Pte Ltd/EQ Music to produce the album "Buddha Smiles".
• "Buddha Smiles" concert by Venerable Kwang Sheng was held.
|2009||• Collaboration with Royston Tan’s Chuan Pictures for the short film "Little Note". This is the first short film by KMSPKS.
• The Buddhist Concert "Voices of Harmony 2" was held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium to raise funds for the Singapore Buddhist Free Clinic.
|2011||• Graduation of the inaugural batch of BCS students was held.
• First Buddhism & Science Symposium was held in KMSPKS.
The Buddhism & Science Symposium is a series of public forums initiated by the Buddhist community in Singapore. The symposia explore the relationship between Buddhism, science and contemporary society.
• Screening of the animated film "The Buddha" at the Asian Buddhist Film Festival. KMSPKS bought the rights to this film, directed by Krismant Whattananarong, and translated the original from Thai language into English and Mandarin.
• Developed the Monastery's first simple e-book app.
|2012||• Ground-breaking ceremony for the new BCS building and multi-storey car park was held.|
|2013||• Collaboration with Royston Tan’s Chuan Pictures for the short film "Popiah", an award-winning film at several film festivals.
• Relocation ceremony of Bright Hill Evergreen Home to Punggol Field was held.
|2014||• Co-organised a large-scale Vesak celebration of lights with the Singapore Buddhist Federation. Titled “Gratitude Brightens Lives”, the celebration showcased nine grand lanterns produced by famous lantern makers from Sichuan to depict various blessings or aspects of our lives that we should be thankful for.
• Collaboration with Nanyang Junior College students and Iceberg Design on the short film "Closer Apart".
• Construction of multi-storey car park was completed.
|2015||• Construction of the new BCS building was completed.
• Organised the first Imee Ooi’s World Tour Concert 2015: Sound of Wisdom – a fund-raising concert for Bright Hill Evergreen Home.
1943年，转道老和尚示寂，世寿72。1947年宏船老和尚 接任第二任方丈职务。宏老是早年南洋一带弘扬佛法的先驱。宏船老和尚一生对社会、佛教的贡献，不只在新加坡备受崇高敬仰，同时也享誉全东南亚。 宏老辛勤耕耘，历尽艰辛万苦，将荒山小寺，建成东南亚区域殿宇辉煌的佛教名山胜刹。他中兴光明山普觉禅寺，接济孤苦贫困无数，慈悲为怀，毕生弘法利生不懈，为新加坡佛教的推动与发展不遗余力。深受社会各界的敬仰， 同时亦为国际佛教界所赞扬。
他一生以各种方便法门， 深入民间，替人解决难题。贡献教育与社会，渡引人入佛门，徒众之多，遍及天南地北。宏老于1987年被泰皇普米蓬 ▪ 阿杜德 钦封“华僧大尊长”最高荣衔，以表扬他的功绩。
- 新加坡佛学院开始招生。 宏船老和尚纪念馆 “思源轩”开放。
|2011||- 举办佛学院 学僧毕业典礼。在本寺举办第一届《佛教与科学座谈会》。《佛教与科学座谈会》是由本地的佛教团体发起的一系列的公众讨论会。
- 本寺出资从Krismant Whattananarong购买，在亚洲佛教影片节放映的《佛陀》（The Buddha）动画片版权，并将泰语翻译成英语和华语。
- 与南洋初级学院学生和Iceberg Design微型电影《团圆》。