Sunday, 28 September 2008

Thod Katin~ 15/10 to 12/11

This year the Thod Katin falls on October 15 – November 12

ทอดกฐิน (thod katin) is the ceremony of presenting new robes to the monks at a certain temple (each temple allowed to have only 1 katin every year), must be at least 5 monks who complete their three-month rains retreat.

‘Thod Katin’ is a time-limit robe offering, one month long, begins after the end of Buddhist Lent or rain retreat, 1st day of waning moon, 11th lunar month to 15th day of fullmoon, 12th lunar month.

"Katin" is Bali language means Sa Deung Wood. It is the frame for embroidery robe of a Buddhist. Traditionally there is a procedure started from preparing cloth, This ceremony must be completed and the cloth must be presented to the monk within one day. It needs many people to work together, and binds them together with happiness to see the success of their effort.

The monks will have the meeting in the chapel to receive " Katin". When a group of monks arrives then the hosts will hand out Ka Tin Robes to the monk one by one and offering not more than 5 monks to receiver Katin and must receive together. After that, The hosts will pray in Bali language first before they will give "Kathin" to the monks. The monks will tell the monk who has the oldest Gee Won and the cleverness in the Buddhist teaching to be whom Kran Ka Tin. Kran Ka Tin is announcing to the monks about assign Ka Tin robe to the monk that is suitable to obtain it. After this ritual then the hosts will wait for the monks pray in Bali Language and they will say " Sa Thu" to indicate the end of this ritual. The hosts then will take the flags, which draw an alligator, from "Ka Tin" to put in front of the temple as to tell people that this temple had had "Kathin Ritual" .

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Nang Kwak Mantra

Nang Kwak (นางกวัก) Thai. 'Beckoning lady'. Female statue (Nang) with one or both arms raised and summoning with her hand(s) as if to gesture or to beckon (kwak). She invites happiness and good fortune and is often found displayed in shops to attract good business. Usually portrayed with a large purse full of money.

(simplified version)


(Longer Version)

Omm Pu Chao Kaow Keao Mi-Look Sau Khun Diao

Ci wa Nang KwakChaiHin Chai Rak

Yin hen Yin Tak Pa Ku Pai Kar

Teng Meng Man Kar Hua Wen Ketai Sen Tar Nan

Sam Ren Krab Pan, Ren Pian Set-Ti

Sam Pee Ren bian Sam Pau Thong

Phra Suk Teh Ka Khun Diao

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Pidta Mantra

Pi Yo Tay Wa Ma
Nok Sa NamPi Yo Prom Ma Na
Mu Tar MoPi Yo Na Kar Su Pang Na Rang
Pi In Tar Read Yang Na Ma Mi Hung
Hit Chi Tang Pi Yang Mak Mak (3 times)

Monday, 15 September 2008

The Last Executioner

"The Last Executioner"

This story in particular stand out.

The execution of a man who pleaded his innocence right up to the last moment. He said that the real guilty party was the son of a policeman and that he was beaten into making a confession. During his execution, it looked like he was almost being saved by divine providence. When Chavoret, the executioner pulled the trigger the gun jammed and it wouldn’t fire. He checked the gun but couldn’t see any reason why it wouldn’t fire. They then set up the spare machine gun. After it was carefully aimed, Chavoret then pulled the trigger. But, this one jammed too. The prisoner might have been saved, however, a quick thinking guard decided to search the prisoner more thoroughly. They then found a Buddhist amulet called Luang Phor Daeng hidden in his right armpit. They do say that some amulets are powerful enough to protect you from bullets. Or maybe the monk, whose image was on this amulet, was trying to protect an innocent man. Anyway, once the amulet was removed the gun became unjammed and the prisoner was executed.

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Mid Autumn Festival Dinner for the old folks

The oldest Ah Ma~~Almost 100 years old

The ah kongs enjoying themselve with the food

Volunteers serving food to the old folks

Last evening I went to help out at the Dinner for those old folks from the HOME as well as those staying alone at some rental flat in Bukit Merah. This event was organised by a chinese temple who was known to help out lots of old people around that area. The medium will prescribe chinese medicine and massage for old folks who were suffering from rheumatism, arthritis and other ailment~~ FREE OF CHARGE. And we DO NOT encourage them to give donation. Sometime we also pick up and send the old folks home after each session, as transportation is expensive for some of them.

The medium conducting blessing for the old folks

The dinner was held at the Void deck, we got a caterer to come and whip up a 10 course meal for all these old folk and volunteers like us will act as waiter and waitresses. I can see that the old folks really enjoyed the sumptuous dinner and we also got some children to gives out mooncake to all these Ah Kong and Ah Ma.

Home sweet Home.. 3 buses to send them home

This dinner was not held in any expensive restaurant, neither do we have posh set up, but it's all hard work of devotees and people from the temple. We have to do everything, including the setting of tables and clearing of the place after the event, but I really found this VERY meaningful, having to serve them, helping them moving around and helping them to the bus, I just felt so touched. This is what I always wanted to do, and some people I known from other temple could have done it many years back, which sad to say, they didn't. The amount spent for the whole event = Less than S$6000/-(120 old folks) but satisfaction from doing all this is priceless..

It's good to make others happy and help the needy.

Monday, 8 September 2008


有人问我在什么样的情形下会放弃朋友,友情? 这个问题…..我想我只是凡人,我并没有要成为"罗汉"或成仙,成道的伟大理想,所以我没有很大的胸襟!我也会有我的喜怒哀乐,缘深缘浅,我当然也有我的自尊心.

  • 有些人有异性没人性,可以为了他们的男人/女人而不要朋友.而当他们很对方吵架时,安慰与陪伴的却是我们这些没有用的朋友. 当他们最需要人安慰的时候,也就只有我们这些朋友在身边.但当他们和好时,就可以把朋友抛在一边!
  • 有些又为了钱反脸。。放心,我不会想要用这点来逃避的..没钱就没钱..至少我可以出力,只要有人会Appreciate.
  • 有些为了小小的权利斗争,来个翻脸不认人,那么爱权,当总统还是皇帝吧! 就算给你所有的权利,你是不是能够领导整个团队?你能分辨谁是真的在工作,谁又是为了自己的利益?一个耳朵轻的人,是非不分?眼睛也看不清,能做出什么大事?不要以为穿上了制服就了不起,无能就是无能,跟衣服没有关系!
  • 还有些人是那种见高就拜,见低就踩.大家都是人,不是畜牲,要懂得互相尊重.就算是一个为我们看门的工人,在一起久了,也应该有点情谊吧?不要瞧不起人,地球是圆的,会遇上的.
  • 还有谁叫我们没有钱当然没有朋友咯..如果我们住洋房,开跑车,就算是说废话,身边的跟班也会拼命点头赞好!所以醒醒吧!
  • 还有一些是无事不登三宝殿的,当他们需要人家帮忙时,就会想到要找人,不然连个影子都不见.一个可以几个月不闻不问的人,可以忽然打来,装得好象很熟,不为什么,是想要人家帮忙回答他们的问题..帮他们的忙!最受不了这样的人所以,这种友情,不要也罢了.
  • 其实最痛的是有些人不分青红皂白,自以为是,害到人家家庭不合的,害到人家身心受创的,更加不容! 有些痛是一辈子都忘不了的.
当我决定要交那么一个朋友的时候,我自问,从不会去想要结束这段友谊,毕竟,茫茫人海能够遇见是需要很大的缘分,是几世修来的福. 当对方让我彻底失望时,我就不会心软的放弃,毕竟没有什么好留恋的,人家已经不把我们当朋友了,那就算了, 何必自讨没趣. 既然他们选择放弃,只要问心无愧,失去友谊又算什么.

Sunday, 7 September 2008


Heart of Khatha Khun Paen

Nama Pa Tat Omsiti

那玛 巴 塔 嗡洗第

Sawaha Suna Mo Lo

沙哇哈 苏那 摩 咯

Khun Paen Mantra

Namotasa Bagawato Ahrahato Samma Samputatsa
那摩达沙 巴加哇多 阿拉哈多 善玛 善菩达沙 (3x)

A Hi Ma Ma Na Mo Buddha Ya Na Ma Pa Ta
阿 嘻 玛 玛 那 摩 菩达 雅 那 玛 帕 他

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Kunmantong Mantra

**(Shorter Version, suitable for travelling and meeting client.)

Namotasa Bagawato Ahrahato Samma Samputatsa (7X)
那摩达沙 巴加哇多 阿拉哈多 善马 善菩达沙

Kumalomama Aihicitang Piyangmama ( 3X ,5X , 7X)
古玛咯玛玛 依喜及当 必洋玛玛

**(Longer Version, for those with Kumantong at home or shop, for good business. Those wearing the amulet can use this version too)

Namotasa Bagawato Ahrahato Samma Samputatsa
那摩达沙 巴加哇多 阿拉哈多 善马 善菩达沙

Ciceruni Citang Cesikang Rupang Nimitang Kumalowa Ahkacaya
及姐如尼 及当 姐洗康 如旁 尼密当 古玛罗哇 阿卡查呀

Ahkacahi Ehi Ehi Namapata Ehimama Tanapoka SammaAhrahang
阿卡查那 A喜 A喜 那玛怕塔 A喜玛玛 塔那菩康 善玛阿拉航

Tanapokang Tusamani Tana Kamo Sapatanang Tanapokang Pawatumay (1X , 3X)
塔那菩康 吐沙玛尼 塔那 卡摩 沙必塔那 塔那菩康 巴湾都眉

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Temple In Hatyai

This is Wat Korhong in Hatyai, as you can see Rahu at the main entrance.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Ganesh Chaturthi

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Lp Tuad Mantra ( 龙普托经文)

Namotasa Bagawato Ahrahato Samma Samputatsa
那摩达沙 巴加哇多 阿拉哈多 善马 善菩达沙

Na Mo Pho Thi Sa To
纳 摩 菩 提 沙 多

Ah Ka Ti Ma Ya
阿 卡 第 玛 呀

Ei Ti Pa Ga Va
依第 巴 卡 哇

Na Ca Li Ti
那 查 利 第 (3X)

Ganesha Chaturthi 3 September 2008

An annual festival honours Ganesha for ten days, starting on Ganesh Chaturthi, which typically falls in late August or early September. I'll be going to the temple on Wednesday, 3rd September for the prayer.
As adviced by my colleague, I'll be offering Ganesha sweets such as modaka and small sweet balls since He is often shown carrying a bowl of sweets, called a modakapātra and because of his identification with the color red, he is often worshipped with red sandalwood paste or red flowers.
In India, the festival culminates on the day of Ananta Chaturdashi, when images of Ganesha are immersed in the most convenient body of water. Devotees believe that if Ganesha is propitiated, he grants success, prosperity and protection against adversity.
Ganesha is a non-sectarian deity, and Hindus of all denominations invoke him at the beginning of prayers, important undertakings, and religious ceremonies. All these comes with the following prayer -

1) Om Shri Gaṇeshāya Namah (Om, salutation to the Illustrious Ganesha)
2) Om Gaṃ Ganapataye Namah (Om, Gaṃ, Salutation to the Lord of Hosts)

Monday, 1 September 2008

Phra Pikanet = Lord Ganesha

Ganesha Shrine in front of Isetan (Central World Plaza)

In Thailand, Ganesha is worshipped as "PhraPikanet" (พระคเณศ) or "Phra Phikhanesawora" (พระพิฆเนศวร์) and is worshipped as the deity of good fortune (Sitting Position) and the remover of obstacles(Standing position).


PhraPikanet Mantra

Namotasa Bagawato Ahrahato Samma Samputatsa
那摩达沙 巴加哇多 阿拉哈多 善玛 善菩达沙

Om Srikanesa Yanama

嗡 喜各尼沙 雅那玛

eckhart tolle