Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Buddhist Temple in Banjar Tegehe Village

Borobudur Copies It's in Bali!

Five stupas of Borobudur characteristic can be found in Brahmavihara Arama, North Bali. Thumbnail Borobudur is one of the unique spiritual attraction.

Vihara which had a typical bell-shaped golden orange color is located in the village of Banjar Tegeha, Banjar district, Buleleng regency. From west of Singaraja, this Buddhist temple is 18 km, and can be reached within 2 km of the highway south of Singaraja - Seririt.

The entry of Buddhism into the island's recorded history Thousand Temples century 7-8. The place of worship was itself founded in 1958 (other sources mention 1956). Brahmin descent was a monk named Ida Bagus Giri who pioneered this temple. The monk was then known as Bante (teacher) Girirakkhito Mahathera (1927-1997). In life, these religious leaders had served as vice president of the World Buddhist Sangha Council (WBSC) years from 1985 to 1989. This Buddhist monk is the nephew of Ida Ketut Jelantik, literary figures from the village of Banjar Tegehe ever published Sucita / Subudi.

Initially, Master Mahathera "only" building a small temple area of ​​6 mx 10 m. However, with the development of Buddhism in Bali, the temple was restored in 1970, and opened to the public in the same year. Brahmavihara Arama was heavily damaged by the earthquake that struck the region in July Seririt 1976. Pagoda ever built was destroyed. Now, with a land area of ​​4 hectares, the complex of worship became the oldest monasteries, and the only one in Bali.

The entrance and the pool of top rung
From the outside, the building looks like houses. A gate entrance with typical Balinese carvings, makes one forget that this building is a Buddhist place of worship.

Vihara is deliberately designed in accordance with Balinese architecture has a circular pool with fountains, and decorated with some plants, including lotus. The main page is divided into three parts: the stigma, intermediate and main mandala. All three are connected by stairs.

At all steps of the kindness shown teachings related to Buddhism. Buddhism is the principle that guides the viewer to interpret, and understand the Brahmavihara Arama. One of them reads indriya samvara which means always supervise / control aggregates.

In some of the outer wall of the monastery there Uruvela forest complete with a replica of the bodhi tree (the tree of enlightenment), statues and ornaments that speak of Buddhism and its history. There are also some things that are given by the Dalai Lama and the government of Thailand as a bell.

Because of its location on the hills, the temple offers a beautiful natural surrounding landscape Buleleng among other fields, the sea and the mountains. It is said that at night, when the sky is dark, the fireflies are found to fly, and beautify the "Borobudur" is.

Ample Brahmavihara has mango plantations and amber. Some frangipani trees planted among specific pathways cemented in position for the purpose of walking meditation. Meanwhile, in the monastery supplied pads can be taken out to sit on while meditating.

Area for a "walking meditation" and "sitting meditation"
Upon entering the temple, visitors are expected to open footwear, signed the guest book and make donations seikhlasnya in the box provided. In terms of dress wear gloves, long pants, or dress "decently".

Monastery where the monks live is not only visited by Buddhists. Dhammajiyoti, one board Girirakkhito Mahathera Foundation, confirmed that the majority of travelers come to meditate. Their goal is to get inner tranquility. Not only Buddhists are having noble intentions, religious or other beliefs also showed considerable interest.

Location away from the noise of a tourist destination of various circles to undergo silence with calm hearts and minds. The area of ​​the monastery has Vipasana space that can be used by anyone wishing to do meditation enlightenment. Every day come to seek spiritual bliss by meditation.

There are also students who meditate for a full year, without speaking, writing and reading. In place of meditation is provided vegetarian food. Of course the food is to be paid, if we eat it.

In certain months (January, May, June, August, September, and December) there are monks who are specifically guided Theravadic vipashana the breathing technique that aims to deepen understanding and sensitivity gain.

Special in April and September there are monks who provide teaching in English. Mandarin-speaking teachers are available. For the year 2010 meditation schedule is as follows: June 12 to 20 (Mandarin / English) and June 21-July 6 (UK / Indonesia). The program is known as Vipassana retreat MMD (Know Yourself Meditation). Although free, donations are highly recommended.

Just like a monastery, there are monks who live in it. To the guests who want to meditate and plan to stay encouraged to contact the temple in advance. This is because the capacity of the rooms numbered only 30.

Dalai Lama and the Goddess Kwan Im. Sculpture measures 30 cm is placed in front of the statue of Goddess Kwan Im bigger. Flanked Sculpture Statue Brahma and Saraswati.
In 1982, the Dalai Lama came to Brahmavihara. There is a hall that seemed dedicated to him. This is where the statues and pictures of the Dalai Lama's visit on display.

One night, the temple is visited by a mysterious woman claiming to be from Denpasar Singaraja. The woman was carrying a statue of Goddess Kwan Im high as 30 cm, and asked the monk to put the statue on the altar. In 2008, ceramic sculpture is highlighting the general public because of tears.

Whatever its uniqueness, there may be good on the big day, we helped Buddhists mendarmakan indriya samvara: supervise / control indriya