History & Milestones 缘起

西南方有处名光明山,

从昔以来,诸菩萨众于中止住。

现有菩萨名曰贤圣(普贤),

与其眷属三千人,

常在其中而演说法。

 

《华严经- 菩萨住处品》

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.

光明山普觉禅寺(KMSPKS)是在1921年由转道老和尚成立,为让佛教徒实习及弘扬佛法,以及提供住宿给僧众。当时有很多出家众来到新加坡,但没住宿的地方。

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。

1990年12月25日新加坡痛失了一位德高望重的高僧,当时宏船老和尚世寿84。1991年,演培老和尚接任方丈职务, 1994年隆根老和尚接任方丈职务;第五任方丈是由瑞金老和尚接任,瑞老同时也担任菲律宾信愿寺及华藏寺的方丈。

广声大和尚于2004年6月5日出任第六任即本寺现任方丈。

山名由来

本山自开山以来便以光明山命名。光明山相传为观自在菩萨的净土。据《华严经。入法界品》记载:善财童子参访五十三位大善知识,参到第二十七尊即是住在普陀洛伽山的观自在菩萨。菩萨为童子说大悲行门。所以本山于农历每月廿七举行“大悲消灾法会”典故在此。

普觉”二字,有“普遍觉悟”之义。而寺名普觉,便带有着“依佛法之知见,普令众生,证觉大解脱的使命”

1921 由转道老和尚创立。
1947 宏船老和尚接任第二任方丈。
火葬场与骨灰塔建筑落成。
1966首办水陆法会暨三坛大戒。
1971成立“扩建护法团”。
1978藏经楼暨图书馆落成。
1980大悲殿落成。
1982甘露戒坛落成。
1984成为本地第一间举办三步一拜的寺院。
1985- 泰国公主诗琳通,亲持僧王之袈裟赠礼,来本寺拜见宏船长老。
- 恭请泰国副僧王主持万佛塔奠基大典。
- 为新世界大酒店塌楼罹难者超度。

1987宏船老和尚受泰皇钦奉“华僧大尊长”最高荣衔。
1991演培老和尚接任第三任方丈。
1994隆根老和尚接任第四任方丈。
1995瑞金老和尚接任第五任方丈。
1998广声大和尚成立弘法部。
2003宏船老和尚纪念堂落成。
2004广声大和尚接任第六任方丈。举办“三坛大戒”。
2005 于本寺举办“第一届佛教音乐会”。成立新加坡佛学院
与亚洲文明博物馆联办键陀罗佛教艺术展。
出版Awaken普觉季刊。
2006- 于新加坡室内体育馆主办第一届大型佛教音乐会《千年一音》筹款。
- 新加坡佛学院开始招生。 宏船老和尚纪念馆 “思源轩”开放。
2007- 广声大和尚带领本寺组团“短期出家”第一次赴印度朝圣。
- 首个环保倡议“绿色的正念运动”开启。
- 与海蝶音乐制作公司协作音乐集光碟《佛笑》。
- 广声大和尚举办《佛笑》音乐会。
2009与陈子谦的泉影片制作公司协作微型电影《小字条》,这是本寺第一次制作微型电影。
第二次在新加坡室内体育馆举办《千年一音》筹款音乐会。
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。
- 本寺发展第一项精简的电子书程序
2012举办新加坡佛学院及多层停车场奠基仪式。
2013- 与陈子谦导演协作微型电影《薄饼》,并在数个电影展得奖。

- 在榜鹅区举办光明山修身院重建开幕仪式。
2014- 与新加坡佛教总会协办大型的庆祝卫塞节灯饰《知恩报恩》庆典活动,由四川著名的灯笼制造师傅精制九组特出灯饰,展现出我们在生活中所要感激的对象。
- 与南洋初级学院学生和Iceberg Design微型电影《团圆》。
- 多层停车场落成。
2015新加坡佛学院落成。
与黄慧美协办的世界巡回音乐会2015:《静世慧音》音乐会为光明山修身院筹款。 

 
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