Qing Ming Festival 清明节

Qing Ming is a traditional festival for the Chinese to remember and honour their ancestors by visiting their columbarium, graves or burial grounds.

As Buddhists, we can spend Qing Ming Festival recollecting the kindness of our forefathers and honouring them by remembering how they had lived a worthy life. In addition, we can also emulate the qualities of the noble ones who have come before us by observing their teachings.

清明节是华人传统节日之一,是孝敬和追思先人的季节。在这期间,后辈会到骨灰安置处或坟墓祭祀。

作为佛教徒,除了扫墓及祭祖追思以外,应遵循祖先的教诲、铭记他们的恩德。并将一切善行,布施等功德回向至历代宗亲,六亲眷属。愿他们早日脱离六道轮回,善业成熟,离苦得乐。这才是实践孝道最具体的表现。

Qing Ming Prayer Ceremony | 5 Apr
The Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance Sutra

Registration begins 10/02/2019

For inquiry, please call 6849 5333
Or Visit Our Front Office | 8.30 am – 4.30 pm
* Front Office Opening Hours on 5 Apr | 7.00 am – 8.00 pm

清明节超度法会 | 4月5日
慈悲三昧水忏

10/02/2019 开始登记牌位  

询问 6849 5333
莅临寺务处 | 早上八点半至下午四点半
* 寺务处在4月5日开放时间 | 早上七点至晚上八点

Prayer Tables Location 超度法会荐牌位置图

Note: 
• Our staff may check the tablet number on your application form to prevent unsolicited collection of offerings.
• 为避免供品不当的被人领取, 本寺工作人员将会查看您报名表格的荐牌号码.


* Kindly note that the time schedule is subjected to change  
* 此时间表可能会有更动

KMSPKS would like to remind visitors:

Before Your Visit

  • Bring only Vegetarian food, fruits, flowers for offering. No alcohol, meat products are allowed at the monastery.
  • Have a mindful and greener Qing Ming. Burning less joss paper and reducing food wastage. No joss paper boxes are allowed to be burnt during this period. 


During Visit

  • Ensure your offerings are looked after or inform the cleaners. Unattended offerings will be removed.
  • Watch over lit candles and incense so as to prevent fire hazards.
  • Please clear your offerings after prayers. If you wish to donate fruits, please place them in the designated bins provided. 
  • Please remove all plastic materials before burning items at the Eco-burner.
 
访前
  • 大众可用鲜花,素食和水果祭拜。 寺内禁止酒精及肉类食品。
  • 本寺呼吁信众应尽力维护环境。少焚烧冥纸。清明节期间,寺内禁止焚烧冥纸箱。


祭祀时

  • 请看管好您的供品。若您需离开片刻,请留一人或通知清洁工人看管供品。
  • 请小心点燃香与蜡烛,以免发生火患。
  • 祭祀完毕后,请清理您的供品。若您愿捐献祭拜过的水果,请将它们放置于指定的箱里。
  • 请在使用生态燃烧器前将所有塑料包装取出。
What to do after a prayer or performing a positive act? 祭祀完毕后该做怎么?

It is said that when we engage in some form of spiritual practice, good deeds, we are accumulating merit. Buddhist practice conclude with dedicating the benefit of our wholesome act to relieving the suffering of sentient beings.

There are various phrases use for dedication, such as :

May the merits and virtues accrued from the work adorn the Buddha’s Pureland.
Repay the four kindness above and relieve the suffering of those in the Three Realms below.
May those who see and hear of this, bring forth the Bodhi mind,
and live the teachings for the rest of this life, then be born together in the Land of Ultimate Bliss.

You can also create a dedication in your own words for your loved ones or the departed; such as ” By the virtue of this meritorous act, may mother attain full enlightenment…” It’s results will follow the vastness of your intent.

无论做什么善事,诵经等佛事后,具备功德,我们将此功德收摄,朝向利益法界众生离苦得乐的目标送出去,这简称为回向。 常用的回向偈有:

愿以此功德。庄严佛净土。
上报四重恩。下济三途苦。
若有见闻者。悉发菩提心。
尽此一报身。同生极乐国.

也有为某某亲属的祈愿, 没有固定的行文。例如:“愿将此功德回向母亲,愿她…” 
回向之心量有多大,福报就有多宽广。

Do Buddhists burn joss paper? 佛教焚烧冥纸吗?

Joss paper burning for the ancestors is a traditional Chinese custom for fear that the deceased may not have enough provision in the other world. However, according to Buddhism, after the death of a person, one is reborn in one of the six realms: gods, (asura) demi-gods, humans, animals, ghosts and hell realm; depending on one’s karma created in the past. And this conditions what one is able to receive.

The Chinese placed importance to the virtue-filial piety and offering items such as joss paper provides the opportunity to make space and take time to remember the loved ones. With this context, burning a small quantity of joss paper for the deceased, express one’s thoughts with respect is acceptable as long as they are moderate, not wasteful, or bringing harm to the environment. However, the best practice to generate merit for the ancestors is through charitable deed, building a stupa, or make offerings to the Triple Gem.

在华人的传统观念里,惟恐過世的祖先无资可用,所以有烧冥纸的习俗。但按佛教来说,人死之后,随着生前累世所造的业力而转生于天、人、阿修罗、畜生、饿鬼、地狱六道之间,其所能受用的资粮也要依他的福德而定。不过,华族是重视孝道的民族,为了追念前贤,烧一点冥纸表心意,表达对亡者的思念及敬意,只要适度,不铺张浪费,破坏自然环境生态,原无可厚非。但是,最好的做法是以佛力、法力、心力为先人布施救济,建佛塔、供养三宝等,这些都比焚烧冥纸更为殊胜。

2019 清明节正日: 4月5日

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Columbarium Opening Hours 骨灰塔开放时间

  • Weekdays 星期一至五:
    7am to 4.30pm
  • Weekends & Public Holiday
    周末及假日: 6am to 5pm
  • Actual day 5 Apr 正日: 6am to 9pm

! Peak hours 繁忙时段:10am to 1pm

Kitchen Recommendation 斋堂推荐

Accessibility 扶助

  • Wheelchairs are available at drop-off point Ju Yuan Fang, Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall Building,
    清明超度法会期间,接送处(聚缘坊外)的小站,会提供轮椅签借服务。
  • First Aid Volunteers are on stand-by during peak weekends. Do approach on-duty team if you need assistance.
    急救志愿者将在周末高峰期间待命。如需帮助, 请联系值班团队。

Explore other favourable merit-making ways 其他为先人修积功德做法有:

May All Beings be well & happy!  愿众生离苦得乐!

 
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