Gratitude To Our Country and Parents
“Monks, these two people are hard to find in the world. Which two? The one who is first to do a kindness, and the one who is grateful for a kindness done and feels obligated to repay it. These two people are hard to find in the world.”
- AN 2:118, translated by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu

The Buddha often encourages his followers to cultivate the habit of gratitude. It is the act of showing appreciation for everyone and everything that have nurtured and supported us. Even negative situations open opportunities to be thankful, that in our struggles we can find our strengths and become a better person.

The Mahayana Sutra of Previous Lives and Contemplation of the Mind-Ground (大乘本生心地观经) and various other Mahayana Buddhist sutras bring up the concept of the four kindnesses we are blessed with from the moment we are born - our parents, all sentient beings, our country, and the Triple Gem. 

We are extremely blessed to live in Singapore. Our country is free from war and natural disasters. Many basic needs, such as clean tap water, affordable healthcare and access to education, which may seem like luxuries for many nations, are givens for us. On top of that, we enjoy multi-racial harmony and low crime rates that enable us to live safely. This conducive environment allows us to pursue personal growth toward self-actualisation and self-transcendence. Hence, we should be immensely grateful to our country for providing us a safe place to live and raise our children. 

The Buddha teaches the unrepayable debt of gratitude we owe our parents. Our mothers endure 9 months of pregnancy and the pain of childbirth to deliver us into the world. Our fathers work hard to protect and guide us. Like the earth and the sky, they provide support and shelter us. The love our parents have for us, on top of the hardships they endure to raise us, is more than we can ever imagine. On top of being grateful, we must always remember to repay their love. 

As we approach the National Day Puja on 16 July, let us nurture that gratitude in our hearts and pray for the prosperity and safety of our country and our family, friends and countrymen.
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National Day Prayer 护国佑民 • 三昧水忏 • 祈福法会

To celebrate the upcoming National Day, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery invites all devotees to participate in the Compassionate Water Repentance Puja. Let us pray for continued peace and prosperity for the people and nation as we celebrate Singapore’s 57th birthday!


  • Date / 日期:24 Jul 2022 (Sun) | 2022年7月24日(星期天)
  • Time / 时间:8am – 11.30am | 早上8时至11时30分
  • Venue / 地点:Hall of No Form 无相殿

Offer a light to Buddha as you aspire for the health and prosperity of the nation, its people and your loved ones.
Note: Staff will light and offer candles on sponsor’s behalf


$8 (1 candle with 1 sponsor name | 一盏灯一个名字)
Online registration 线上报名

Enquiry / 询问:6849 5326 |

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Online Pledge of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva’s Name Chant 观世音菩萨圣号 – 线上念诵修持

According to the Universal Gate Chapter of the Lotus Sutra, anyone who chants the name of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva in times of trials and suffering will be given protection and rescued from the dangers of fires, floods, evil spirits, violence, and malevolence.

To mark the upcoming Enlightenment Day of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, you are invited to participate in our online pledge from 29 June  to 27 July 2022. May the sincere and single-minded chanting of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva’s name “Namo Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa” bring boundless merits and inner bliss to everyone, including our loved ones.

May everyone be filled with happiness, wisdom, and joy.

Pledge your count here


配合即将到来的观世音菩萨成道日,诚邀大众在2022年6月29日至7月27日(农历六月初一至廿九)之间参与“观世音菩萨圣号 线上念诵修持”。愿专注念诵的心与诸佛菩萨的妙明真心相应,以此回向无量无边的有情众生,身心自在、离苦得乐。



Date / 日期:2022年6月29日至7月27日(农历六月初一至廿九)| 29 June to 27 July 2022 (1st to 29th of 6th Lunar Month)
Enquiry / 询问:6849 5326 |

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Q:How do we practise compassionate love?

As long as there is one fellow creature whom you can console with your kind words, whom you can enliven and cheer by your presence, whom you can help with your worldly possessions, however little that charity may be, you are a precious member of the human race. You should never be disheartened or depressed. There may be times when those whom you love do not seem to care for you, and you are apt to have a heavy heart, but there is no justification for feeling dejected. What does anything matter so long as you know that you are full of compassion for your fellow men? One should never depend on others for one’s happiness. He who expects to secure satisfaction in life from others is worse than the beggar who kneels and cries for his daily bread.

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The Five Precepts are recommendations given by the Buddha, proposed to be lived by one who wishes to lead a peaceful life while contributing to the happiness of family and society. The Five Precepts are voluntarily observed. They are not “commandments” that have to be abided by without question. They form the basis of universal morality in the Moral Conduct aspect of the Noble Eightfold Path, which is very important as the foundation of practising the Buddhist path.

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