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.
|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|