The Medan Mission – Part 1

A group of 5 members from Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Temple) comprising Bhante Raja, two and one student member/s each from the Mandarin and English Dhamma class and a devotee went on an 11 days trip to Medan (from 21st June to 1st July).

We  will like to record our heartfelt thanks to Sister Suriaty Simon for her effors in making this trip possible and such a pleasant one for all of us.  She had made arrangements with her sister Suriyami Simon, her classmate Ms Ah Ling, her friend Mr. Herman Thang and many who extended their hospitalities to us during our stay.

The purpose of the trip was a meditation workshop and retreat at Taman Bodhi  Asri  (TABA).  We also visited Buddhist temples and Centres to take part in Dhamma sharing and meditation sessions, and naturally, sightseeing too.

We were surprised by the numerous requests for blessing services which we gladly rendered. House blessings was top of the list followed by blessings for the sick, old folks, devotees, well-wishers, an expectant mother and also a Maranasati service.

We were given an opportunity to witness the consecration of TABA and hosted a dana lunch on the day of our departure to some 30 members from the nearby village.

The Itineraries

Turning back the clock back to the first day after our arrival at Medan airport, when we were hosted to lunch by Mr. Herman Thang, the Vice Chairman of the Board of Committee of Vihara Buddha Paduma and also a past president of the Lions Club, Medan.

Our first visit was Vihara Borobudur to meet Bhante Jinadhammo  Mahathera.  We did not meet him as he was out for Dana.  Nonetheless, we toured the premises and ascended the Avalokiteshvara Pagoda.

Ascend the Avalokitesvara Pagoda

We spent the night at Vihara Buddha Paduma in Binjai where Bhante Raja conducted a Puja, Dhamma sharing followed by a meditation session and blessings to devotees and well-wishers.

Puja at Vihara Buddha Paduma

Meditation in session

The next day, we visited Mini Swedagon Temple, Taman Alam Lumbini

Mini Swedagon Temple

On our way to Vihara Saddhavana at Sidikalang, we made a detour to take in the breathtaking view of Lake Toba from hill-top.

Hill top view of the posterior section of Lake Toba from Pearl of Lake Toba

Long steps down to Waterfall

 

On our second night, we rested at Vihara Saddhavana where Bhante Raja conducted Puja and Dhamma sharing session with some female devotees who were there for retreat.

Vihara Saddhavana

Group picture outside Vihara Saddhavana meditation hall

 

On the third day of our trip, we visited Indonesia Theravada Buddhist Center (ITBC) in Medan.

Indonesia Theravada Buddhist Centre (ITBC)

Interior view of ITBC

Our main destination was Taman Bodhi Asri (TABA) for the meditation workshop cum retreat.

The compound of Taman Bhodi Asri (TABA)

Owing to our extended tour and space constraint of the blog, we will pause here.  Please continue with us on our Medan Mission tour in Part 2!

Contributor: Chin Kee Thou

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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