Vesak 2023 programmes at
Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

光明山普觉禅寺 2023卫塞特备

3-Step, 1-Bow Ceremony 三步一拜

In this ceremony, devotees usually line up before sunrise to meditatively circumambulate the perimeter of the temple, bowing once every three steps, while chanting mantras or the name of the Buddha in praise of Him. Upon every prostration, the Buddha can be visualised to stand before one’s palms, which are opened to receive His teachings. The open palms also symbolise lotuses (our minds) blossoming into purity. (Though lotus flowers’ roots are in the “mud of defilements”, they blossom untainted.) Every prostration is thus the paying of respects to the Buddha (or the countless Buddhas and Bodhisattvas). This practice helps to purify the mind, humble the ego and lessen obstacles along the spiritual path as one repents past misdeeds and aspires towards spiritual improvement. With mindfulness of one’s body, speech and mind during the practice, concentration and calmness can be attained. As the ceremony is long, it reminds one of the long and occasionally difficult journey towards Enlightenment. But it also serves to remind us that as long as we are determined, all difficulties can be overcome. Perseverance in completing the practice despite its difficulties also helps to strengthen our faith in the Buddha and His teaching to lead us towards Enlightenment. The break of dawn at the end of the ceremony represents the light of wisdom dispelling the darkness of ignorance as one advances towards Enlightenment.



1 June 2023 (Thur), 5.30pm to 2 June 2023 (Fri), 7am
In front of Hall of Great Strength | 大雄宝殿前

注: 参加券先到先得。每人只限领取2张参加券。本寺不允许彻夜排队。
NOTE: Kindly note that tickets are given out on a first-come-first-served basis. Limited to two tickets per person. No overnight queuing is allowed.

Distribution of tickets 参加券分发详情
Date: 21 May (Sun)
Time: 12pm
Venue: Hall of No Form

* 如果您没有参加券,您可以在6月1日晚上11时至6月2日上午7时之间于无相殿排队参加公开组。
For non-ticket holders, you may join the public group on 1 June, 11pm to 2 June, 7am. Queue starts at Hall of No Form.


Light Transference & Aspiration-Making Ceremony 传灯与许愿仪式

In this ceremony, devotees hold a lighted candle after sunset, as they pave around the perimeter of a temple or a holy object in walking meditation. Mantras or the Buddha’s name are chanted while doing so. The ceremony represents the passing of the light of wisdom (sharing of the truth) to every direction of the world to dispel the darkness of ignorance. On a personal level, it has the significance of lighting one’s inner lamp of wisdom. The perpetual passing on of light to countless others without one’s own flame dying symbolises that wisdom can be shared without loss on one’s part. In the ceremony, it is most inspiring to see a single flame illuminate a sea of darkness to become an ocean of lights bringing brilliance to one another.



20 May 2023 (Sat) | 6pm onwards (从傍晚6时)
Hall of Great Compassion | 大悲殿

Bathing of Prince Siddhartha 浴佛

The ceremony of Bathing of Prince Siddhartha (the Buddha-to-be) re-enacts the Prince being bathed by celestial dragons at birth. Perfumed water in a basin strewn with flowers is scooped with a ladle, and is mindfully poured over the crown of the status of baby Prince Siddhartha. This expresses the determination to purify one’s body and mind, to “wash away” our spiritual defilements, so as to uncover our pure Buddha-nature, just as the Buddha did. 



26 May 2023 (Fri) | 6am to 2pm
Hall of Great Strength 大雄宝殿

1 June 2023 (Thur), 6pm to 2 June 2023 (Fri), 5pm
Hall of Great Compassion 大悲殿

1 June 2023 (Thur), 6.45pm to 2 June 2023 (Fri), 4pm
Prajna Meditation Hall,  Level 1 | 般若禅堂, 1 楼

Vesak Auspicious Lantern 卫塞佛光普照吉祥灯

The offering of light represents light of wisdom dispelling darkness of ignorance on the path towards Enlightenment. Make a light offering in celebration of Vesak to illuminate the brilliance of wisdom within us.

May the Buddha’s light shed wisdom, peace, and happiness upon all sentient beings.



这个卫塞节,在佛前供一盏明灯,祈愿 天下锦绣太平 国家繁荣昌盛,合家平安健康 众生福慧增长


20 May to 4 June 2023
Hall of Great Compassion | 大悲殿
Hall of Universal Brightness | 光明殿

Lotus Lamp Offering 供莲花灯 修菩萨行

“Unfettered like a lotus flower, constantly immersed in the serenity of Buddhist practice.”
This Vesak Day, kindle a lotus lamp and bask in the radiance of our true nature.



1 June, 7pm to 2 June 2023, 2.30pm
Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva Pond, Prajna Meditation Hall | 般若禅堂观音池 

Online Pledge of Shakyamuni Buddha’s Name Chant 释迦牟尼佛号 线上念诵修持

In the coming season of Vesak, we invite you to join us in the online pledge of Shakyamuni Buddha chant from 19 May to 17 June 2023. One who recites “Na Mo Ben Shi Shi Jia Mo Ni Fo” with a sincere and pious heart will receive infinite merits and boundless blessings.

诚邀大众在2023年5月19日至6月17日期间参与本寺的“释迦牟尼佛号  线上念诵修持”。所谓“念佛一句,罪灭河沙;礼佛一拜,福增无量”。常念佛号会受到诸佛力量的护念与加持,不恐惧、不退转。让我们以一颗虔诚恭敬的心念诵佛号。感受无限的欢喜与吉祥!欢迎递交您的念诵计数。


19 May to 17 June 2023

Thousand Buddhas Repentance Puja 礼拜千佛

Let us join in the Thousand Buddha Ceremony, where we pay homage to the wise and ancient Buddhas, praying for a good fortune, wisdom, and blessings.”



2 June (Fri)  | 8.30am – 4pm
Hall of Great Compassion | 大悲殿

Be Generous with Gratitude 回馈大众 散播关爱

Every Vesak Day, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery gives back to its devotees through free kueh and ice cream distribution. We are seeking your kind support to share this generous cause with us this year. You may wish to donate at our Donation Box in Dining Hall. The donation drive ends on 28 May 2023. We sincerely thank you for your kind donation and wish you a meaningful Vesak Day in advance.



From now until 28 May
Dining Hall | 斋堂

Vegetarian Food Fair & Charity Booth 素食慈善义卖会

Indulge in the mouth-watering, guilt-free vegetarian delicacies and immerse yourself in the festive spirit at the Vesak Vegetarian Food Fair. Treat yourself to cuisines such as mango sticky rice, bubble tea, and popular crowd favourites like laksa and crispy fried dumplings.



1 June 2023 (Thur), 3pm – 11pm
2 June 2023 (Fri), 9am – 4pm
Long Corridor, Hall of Universal Brightness & In Front of Hall of Pureland | 长廊、光明殿与净土堂前

Family & Activities Corner 亲子活动区

Take a well-deserved break from your hectic routine and spend quality time with your loved ones in a mindful and fulfilling way. Join us in a variety of workshop and activities such as sutra writing, balloon sculpting, face painting, and yoga to nourish your body and mind, providing the perfect opportunity to recharge and reflect on the true meaning of Vesak.



2 June 2023 (Fri), 10am – 4pm
Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall | Level 3 & 4
宏船老和尚纪念堂 | 3楼与4楼

Photography Competition 摄影比赛

Light • Life  光 • 生命

Join us in celebrating Vesak Day beyond its traditional festivities at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery by capturing its diverse cultural, social, and spiritual significance through your photography.



19 May 2023 to 15 June 2023 
2023年5月19日 2023年6月15日 

~ Fringe Activities 其他 ~

Blood Donation Drive 捐血活动 2023

Did you know that donating just one unit of blood can save up to three lives? With the country requiring approximately 400 units of blood every day to meet the demand for saving patients’ lives, your act of kindness could bring hope to many people.

Demonstrate the virtues of love and compassion in action by donating blood!




14 May 2023 (Sun) | 9am to 3pm
Hall of No Form | 无相殿

Hair for Hope 散发希望 2023 at KMSPKS

Demonstrate the virtues of love and compassion in action by participating in the “Hair for Hope” head-shaving campaign to create awareness around childhood cancer and raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Foundation.



30 Apr 2023 (Sun) | 10am to 2pm
Hall of No Form | 无相殿