Enlightenment
 
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Located on top of Robson Hill off Jalan Syed Putra, the Thean Hou Temple is one of the largest Chinese temples in South-East Asia. 

The decorative beams, spectacular roofs, domed ceiling, calligraphic couplets, murals and elaborate embellishments reflect the features of Chinese architectural beauty in Malayisa.

Managed by the Selangor and Federal Territory Hainan Association, the temple belongs to the Chinese community in the country and public donations have enabled the famous tourist destination to develop by leaps and bounds. 

The temple has 4 levels. The lowest level houses the marriage registration office, souvenir shops and food court while the first floor is the main hall where cultural and religious activities are held.
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Upon reaching the temple shrine, one will be amazed by the dragon-inspired columns and pagoda rooftops. It is also a perfect place to relax and enjoy the panoramic view of the temple set against the Kuala Lumpur skyline. 

Inside the temple, the Thean Hou Goddess sits majestically between the Goddess of the Waterfront (or known as Swei Mei Goddess) and the Goddess of Mercy or known to the Chinese as Kuan Yin. 

Since the opening, the temple has been endorsed by the Tourism Development Council as a tourist destination that represents the Malaysian Chinese. 



Thean Hou Temple Kuala Lumpur
65, Persiaran Endah, off Jalan Syed Putra,
50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Tel: 603 - 2274 7088
Fax: 603 - 2260 1623
Email: hainan@hainannet.com.my 
Website: www.hainannet.com.my
 
 
DRIN CHEN TSA WA DANG GYUD PAR CHE PEI
To our compassionate root lama, along with his lineage,
(to the kind root lama, and the lineage masters),
PAL DEN LA MA DAM PA NAM LA KYAB SU CHIO 
We take refuge in all the exalted shining lamas.
(I take refuge in the glorious holy lamas). 
YI DAM KYIL KHOR GYI LHA TSOK NAM LA KYAB SU CHIO 
We take refuge in all the mandala of Deities of the Yidams.
(I take refuge in all the yidams and deities gathered in the mandala). 
SANG GYE CHOM DEN DE NAM LA KYAB SU CHIO 
We take refuge in all the victorious Buddhas.
(I take refuge in all the Buddhas). 
DAM PAY CHO NAM LA KYAB SU CHIO 
We take refuge in all the liberating Teachings.
(I take refuge in all the holy dharma). 
PAK PAY GEN DUN NAM LA KYAB SU CHIO 
We take refuge in all the noble Bodhisattvas.
(I take refuge in all the noble sangha). 
PA WO KHAN DRO CHO KYONG SUNG MAY TSOK YE SHE CHI CHEN DANG DEN PA NAM LA KYAB SU CHIO
We take refuge in all the Wisdom holding Dakinis, Dharmapalas and guardians. (I take refuge in the assembly of the dakas, dakinis, and dharmapalas, who have the all-seeing eye of wisdom).
 
 
THE BODHICITTA PRAYER

SANG GYA  CHO DANG  TSOK KYI  CHOK NAM LA 
Until I reach enlightenment, I take refuge in all the Buddhas, 

JANG CHUB  BAR DU   DAK NI   KYAB SU CHI 
And in the dharma, and all the noble sangha. 

DAK GI   JIN SOK   GYI PAY   SO NAM KYI 
By the merit of accomplishing the six perfections 

DRO LA   PHEN CHIR   SANG GYA   DRUB PAR SHOK 
May I achieve buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. 
(Repeat 3 times)
 
 
Buddhism is a religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who lived about 26 centuries ago in what is now Nepal and northeastern India. He came to be called "the Buddha," which means "awakened one," after he experienced a profound realization of the nature of life, death and existence. In English, the Buddha was said to be enlightened, although in Sanskrit it is bodhi, "awakened."

In the remaining years of his life, the Buddha traveled and taught. However, he didn't teach people what he had realized when he became enlightened. Instead, he taught people how to realize enlightenment for themselves. He taught that awakening comes through one's own direct experience, not through beliefs and dogmas.

In the centuries following the Buddha's life, Buddhism spread throughout Asia to become one of the dominant religions of the continent. Estimates of the number of Buddhists in the world today vary widely, in part because many Asians observe more than one religion, and in part because it is hard to know how many people are practicing Buddhism in Communist nations like China. The most common estimate is 350 million, which makes Buddhism the fourth largest of the world's religions.