All about the Light Transference Ceremony

Vesak Day is one of the most significant Buddhist festivals in the Buddhist calendar. It celebrates the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of the Buddha. It is also one of the festivals that different Buddhist communities around the world celebrate together, with each community incorporating their own cultural traditions within the festivities. At Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, various celebrations will be held in light of Vesak Day, such as the 3-Step,1-Bow Ceremony, the Bathing of Prince Siddhartha and other festivities happening throughout the period leading up to Vesak Day and on the day itself. One of the most symbolic events conducted as part of our Vesak Day celebrations is the Light Transference Ceremony.

Light holds symbolic importance in Buddhism. In various sutras, the Buddha’s wisdom has been compared to a bright lamp. We suffer when we are ignorant, like being lost in the dark. With the Buddha’s wisdom, the darkness of ignorance is dispelled, and when we follow and embrace his teachings, we ignite the light of Bodhi (awakening) within ourselves too. Light offering mirrors this symbolism - it reminds us to always look towards the Buddha as the ultimate wisdom while on our path to Enlightenment.

The Abbot kicks off the Light Transference Ceremony by lighting the first candle. The flame is then passed on from one person to another. When one’s own light is lit, it means the awakening of one’s wisdom. The flame is passed to another devotee, representing the infinite spreading of the Buddha’s wisdom. As the flame spreads, the darkness of the night is lit up in an ocean of lights. Devotees will then chant mantras and circumambulate around the monastery, practising mindfulness to prevent the flame from going out prematurely, equivalent to protecting oneself from negative influences while on this spiritual journey. As everyone’s flames burn on, their wicks diminish, reminding devotees of the impermanence of all things, inviting them to treasure every moment without attachment. 

Be a part of this meaningful event, join us for the upcoming Light Transference and Aspiration-making Ceremony.

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

Date 日期 : 7/5/2022 (Saturday) | 2022年5月7日 (星期六)
Time 时间 : 7.30pm | 傍晚7时30分
Online Registration 网上报名:Opens on 27 April 2022 (Wed), 9am and closes when full capacity is reached. 2022年4月27日(星期三)上午9时,额满为止。
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3-Step, 1-Bow Ceremony 三步一拜

Through the ages, Buddhist monks made long and arduous pilgrimages to the mountains to refine their minds and pay homage to the Buddha. This practice, which symbolically reminds us of the difficult but rewarding journey to enlightenment, has been passed down, and has evolved into the 3-Step, 1-Bow we know today.

KMSPKS invites devotees to join us in the 3-Step, 1-Bow ceremony to give thanks for the blessings we have received and pray for the swift end to this pandemic. May gratitude and repentance arise in our heart as we remember that all difficulties can be overcome with determination and perseverance.



Date 日期 : 14 May 2022 (Saturday) | 2022年5月14日(星期六)
Time 时间: 6pm onwards 傍晚6时起

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      **Registration commences from 4 May 2022, 9am. 报名于5月4日2022年,早上9时开始 (额满为止)。
      ** Participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 参与者必须完成新冠疫苗接种

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Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (KMSPKS) Hair for Hope 2022 Satellite Event
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Join us at KMSPKS Hair for Hope 2022 Satellite Event to create childhood cancer awareness and raise funds for Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF).
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Vesak Auspicious Lantern

7.5 - 16.5.22
Light a lantern this Vesak and spread universal brightness across the world. 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。
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15.5.22 (Sun), 8.30am - 4pm
Vesak Online Light Offering

15.5.22 (Sun), 8.30am onwards
Make a light offering in celebration of Vesak to illuminate the brilliance of wisdom within us.

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Q: How do we identify our anger?

There are several ways to do this. When we do the breathing meditation, clearly focusing on the inhalation and exhalation of the breath, observe what distractions arise. We may recognise a general feeling of restlessness or anger. Or we may remember a situation from years ago that we’re still irritated about. By noting these distractions, we’ll know what we need to work on. We can also identify our anger by being aware of physical reactions, whether we’re meditating or not. For example, if we feel our stomach tightening, or our body temperature increasing, it may be a signal that we’re starting to lose our temper. Each person has different physical manifestations of anger. We can be observant and note ours. This is helpful, for sometimes it’s easier to identify the physical sensation accompanying anger than the anger itself. Another way is to observe our moods. When we’re in a bad mood, we can pause and ask ourselves, “What is this feeling? What prompted it?” Sometimes we can observe patterns in our moods and behaviours. This gives us clues as to how our minds operate.

– Venerable Thubten Chodron, excerpted from Working with Anger

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“Only the present moment is real. Let go of painful thoughts and memories. Be practical, be strong, and choose to live with joy, rather than anger or bitterness. Let painful thoughts go. Do not repress them. Simply let go.”

─ Venerable Hue Can
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