Photo Essay and Panorama on Buddhist Maha Vihara.
Brickfields Buddhist Maha Vihara.
The main entrance to the Buddhist Vihara is guarded by the Sanchi Main gate. A large lotus flower water fountain greets the visitors as they enter the Sanchi Main gate.
Inside the courtyard there are 6 major buildings including the Main Shrine situated to the left of the Sanchi Main gate.
The Main Shrine is the oldest building in the Buddhist Maha Vihara. A marble stone engraving on the side wall reads "Sasanabhi Wurdhi Wardhana Society, Buddhist Temple, This stone was laid by Mrs. C. E. Spooner 25th August 1894." Mr. C. E. Spooner was the state enginner and director of the works department during the colonial Malaya time responsible for the famous lankmark building -- the Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Kuala Lumpur.
Next to the Main Shrine is The International Buddhist Pagoda which was declared open on 28th August 1971, By Tun Tan Siew Sin, the first Finance Minister of Malaya.
The Wisma Dharma Cakra is opposite and directly facing the Main Shrine Hall. On the ground floor is the Dewan Asokan Multi purpose hall. The first and second floor of Wisma Dharma Cakra houses the BISDS or Buddhist Institute Sunday Dhamma School, the Sri Dhamma library and a resource centre. There is a kindergarden and children playground just outside Wisma Dharma Cakra. A commemorative Asoka Pillar stands at the side infront of Wisma Dharma Cakra near the children palyground.
Next to Wisma Dharma Cakra is the Wisma Sri Dhamma where the Conference Room, Marriage Registry and Lecture Hall are located. The Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society also operates a non religious kindergarten in the Wisma Sri Dhamma-Annexe in Buddhist Maha Vihara, approved by the Education Ministry of Malaysia. It caters to children living in the neigbourhood of the Buddhist Maha Vihara and Brickfields.
The Monk's Quarters is to the right of the lotus flower water fountain as viewed from the Sanchi Main Gate. The Wisma Sri Dhamma and it's Annexe is behind the lotus flower fountain facing the Sanchi main gate.
There is a vast open area inside the Buddhist Maha Vihara with a spacious Bodhi trees area. Both Bodhi trees there were planted as sapling of the 2000 years old Sri Maha Bodhi of Anuradhapura from Sri Lanka. An outdoor Samadhi Buddha statue sits between the two Bodhi trees. There is also a serene outdoor meditation area by the perimeter wall.
One of the pioneer Buddhist bookshops in Malaysia can be found just next to the Monk's Quarters near to the Sanchi main gate. It stocks many Pali and English Buddhist books from various publishers around the world.
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* Buddhist Maha Vihara's official website -- www.buddhistmahavihara.com
* Ven. Dr. K Sri Dhammananda's official website -- www.ksridhammananda.com
* A popular book on Buddhism by Venerable Dr. K Sri Dhammananda -- What Buddhist Believe
(PDF format, file size 3Mb)
* The Words of Truth or The Dhammapada
, an English edition by K. Sri Dhammananda
* The Dhammapada
: The Buddha's Path of Wisdom translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita.
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Address and contact for Buddhist Maha Vihara Brickfield;
Buddhist Maha Vihara
123 Jalan Berhala, Brickfields
50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia .
Tel: +60-3-2274 1141 Fax: +60-3-2273 2570
E-Mail: info @ buddhistmahavihara.com