New Buddhist temple opens [in Malaysia] after 20-year delay

The Star
By A. RUBAN
THURSDAY MARCH 21, 2013

<b>Newly launched:</b> A shot of the iconic white lotus-top shrine hall.
Newly launched: A shot of the iconic white lotus-top shrine hall.

After more than 20 years of delay, the Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia (BMSM) has finally unveiled its new temple, the Samadhi Vihara, in Klang.

The three-storey multi-purpose building, with its iconic white lotus-top shrine hall, was completed in March last year.

However, it was only officially launched by Selangor Speaker Datuk Teng Chang Khim recently.

At the launch, BMSM president Datuk Chee Peck Kiat said it was a historic event for the temple and its members. “This is a significant milestone for BMSM as we celebrate our 50th anniversary and the launch of Samadhi Vihara.

“Through this, we have also achieved the vision of our founder, the late Venerable Dr K. Sri Dhammananda Nayaka Maha Thera,” he said.

In 1989, the Selangor state government first allocated a piece of land in Section 24, Shah Alam, for the temple.

It was, however, changed to the current 0.5ha site in U12 after planning permission was granted in 2008.

Chee added that Samadhi Vihara was poised to be another centre for Buddhists to congregate after the temple in Brickfields was deemed too congested to accommodate the rising number of worshipers.

BMSM religious adviser Venerable Mahinda Maha Thera, a disciple of Venerable Dhammananda, said the temple would be a new nucleus for Buddhist activities.

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