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    Shuang Lin manifests the Buddha’s Mahāparinirvāṇa

    In the year 624 BCE, Prince Siddhārtha was born to the royal family of Nepal, and he was the only son of Śuddhodana who supposed to inherit the throne. But, for the pain inflicted by old age, sickness and death, he finally chose to leave home to pursue the Read More...

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    Gift from a celestial maiden

    One full moon night, in the residence of nobleman Xiao, his wife vividly dreamt of encountering a celestial maiden who offered her an unusual flower. That shortly after she became pregnant. The whole Xiao family were overjoyed when they heard of the good news. Immediately they went before a Read More...

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    Leaving home for Noble Practice

    Master was born to a rich family. Since young, he was a vegetarian, bright and kind. He and his young brother read extensively after having become spiritually inspired as they grew up. At last, they realize that nothing is better than Buddha’s supramundane teachings of four noble truth, nirvana, etc., as Read More...

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    Dharma pronunciation by Weimiao

    One day, when Master Wei Miao, the abbot of Yi Shan Xi Chan monastery in Fuzhou was passing through Hui’an county, he visited QīngYīn monastery and shockingly saw how the Xiao family conscientiously carried out the Buddha’s practices. Moved by their genuine devotion, old Master then delivered a sermon Read More...

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    Leaving the country for their Pilgrimage

    After many years of engagement in pure practices, Master Xian Hui decided to go on a pilgrimage to Buddha’s homeland. In 1892, 12 members of the Xiao family of male and female departed from Xiamen by boat, travelling first to India and then to Sri Lanka. While recalling significant Read More...

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    Six years stay in the Mountain

    The Mount Laṅkā in Ceylon was no doubt a place ideal for noble practices. Everyone was happy once they saw the peaceful environment around the mountain. Rapidly they built some cottages near the caves with the monks occupying one and the nuns another. For six years, they strived on Read More...

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    Dream of a golden figure

    Low Kim Pong, the chief donor of Shuanglin Monastery was born in a farmer’s family in Nanjing county, Zhangzhou city, Fujian province of China. When he was twenty years old, he left his home to make a living in Singapore. After becoming successful in small business, he opened a Read More...

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    The offer of land and construction of the monastery

    Early the next morning, Low hurried off to the port to wait for the appearance of this special visit. After a whole day of waiting, a ship finally approached from the west with Master Xian Hui and his family on board. Low was so thrilled that he invited Master Read More...

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    The construction of Shuang Lin Monastery

    Mr. Low was a leader of the Chinese Society for the wealthy in Singapura, whose call to action resulted in an active fundraiser which received tremendous response from the Chinese in Singapura, Malaysia and Indonesia. Everyone hoped to see a Chinese temple erected in Nanyang that will become a Read More...

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    Passing of the Abbot

    In 1901, Master Xian Hui passed away. The abbot of Shuang Lin Monastery was deeply respected by the followers in Singapura and the news of his passing was a heavy blow for them, especially when construction had just begun. Faced with uncertainties of the future, it was emotionally difficult Read More...

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    A monument erected, A Journey back home.

    However, the realization of this vision was met with another setback, as the second abbot Master Xing Hui also passed away in the following year. Overwhelmed with grief of losing her son, Master Ci Miao returned home with her female family members. Before his departure, Master Xing Hui instructed Read More...

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    Restoration of Shuang Lin

    Buildings are massive art pieces that are highly nationalistic in character. With a building style based on Chinese traditional construction techniques, Shuang Lin Moanstery has received countless number of visitors and admirers throughout the years. However, the magnificent halls have suffered damages during war and under adverse weather conditions. Read More...