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When Taijiquan Meets Buddhism

Chinese story by Fa Du; English translation by L.F. Lee / photos & captions by H.S.Seow

It all started back in April 2011 when Than Hsiang Temple (THT) and the Penang Municipal Council were planning for a river clean-up campaign and they needed an activity for warming-up before the clean-up began.

Ven. Zhen Ti Shifu then suggested to Master Tang Chin Yong to start a Taijiquan class under the THT banner so that by the time the campaign started, the class would be ready to lead the performance.


Blood Donation Campaign

Report by Khaw Choon Leng / Photos by Khaw Choon Leng and Mitra volunteers






As a part of Than Hsiang Temple Social Responsibilities program, a blood donation campaign was

organized by Than Hsiang Mitra Welfare Association Penang on 23rd March 2013. Our co-organizer,

the Penang General Hospital sent 14 members of the staff to Than Hsiang Temple at 9am to set up

counters and beds for the blood donation drive in the Great Compassion Hall at the ground floor.


Transmission of the Ten Good Deeds

Story by K.N. Tan / Photos by H.S. Seow

Tadika Than Hsiang organized the 3rd annual Transmission of the Ten Good Deeds on the 15th March 2013, to parents, teachers, Ai Xin Ba Ma and Than Hsiang kindergarten children.

The ceremony for parents and teachers was held at 9:00am in the Multi Purpose hall on the ground floor.


Than Hsiang Kindergarten Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony 2012

Story by Tan Kim Nai / Photos by H.S. Seow

Than Hsiang Kindergarten 21st graduation and prize giving ceremony was held at 2 PM on 3 November 2012. It was also the seventh year for TASKA Than Hsiang Sungai Ara and the third for Tadika Than Hsiang Farlim. Parents with their children began arriving before noon, anticipating a memorable afternoon in witnessing the graduation ceremony as well as sharing the joys of their loved ones who were going to receive awards.


Renunciation of Sramanera Zhen Zhi

Story by Miyun / Photos by H.S. Seow

On Friday, 31 August 2012, a ceremony of renunciation was held at 10 the Main Shrine. Except for chanting,the whole ceremony was conducted in English.Venerable Zhen Ru acted as the leading master.

Sramanera Zhen Zhi’s Spiritual Preceptor was Venerable Wei Wu, abbot of Than Hsiang Temple.

He was given the tonsure in the evening the day before renunciation.


2012 Ullambana Dharma Assembly

Story by Miyun / Photos by H.S. Seow

On Friday, Aug 31, a group cultivation for Ullambana was held at the Main Shrine at 10.30 a.m. More than 100 people attended the assembly. Before the chanting began, Venerable Zhen Ru delivered a discourse on the significance of Ullambana Festival and the right attitudes and contemplations before, during and concluding the session which would be conducive to a fruitful cultivation.



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