Niche of my paternal Grandfather, the late Lim Chong Poh who passed away in th 1930’s thus no photograph as yet until I find one.
Cheng Beng for my late wife
We had a Cheng Beng prayers for my late wife, Saw Ai, my paternal grandfather – Lim Chong Poh and grand-uncle – Lim Chong Pin, at the niches of Wat Chaiya Mangalaram Thai Buddhist Temple, Burmah Lane, Penang. my future niche for my ashes is there beside my wife when I “kick the bucket” (pass away) in future. Life is uncertain but death is certain, as the Buddha said. We chose a week day ie Wednesday, March 30, 2016 as there shall be lesser devotees.
The prayers went smoothly with my mother and family members; and ended with burning of joss papers – a old traditional Taoist practice that is difficult to forego even as Buddhists.
Our 2016 Cheng Beng or Tomb Sweeping Prayers to my late Wife, Grandfather and grand-uncle in Penang.
I have to upload this post first as my internet is extremely slow and unstable.
A simple prayers’ ceremony for my late wife – Ang Saw Ai on the 10th Day of the Chinese 10th Moon (corresponding to Saturday, November 21, 2015) – five years had swiftly passed. My simple offering of her favourite food and drink of the Hainanese Chicken Rice and local black coffee without sugar.
“When you are born, you cry, and the world rejoices.
When you die, you rejoice, and the world cries.”
PS I am back again after an “unusual suspension” of 48 hours of no internet. Thus no posting.
Wat Chaiya Mangalaram Thai Buddhist Temple with the Reclining Buddha in Penang
Pulau Tikus and not depicted as Tikus Island in Wikipedia
Though the translation of Pulau Tikus is correct but the local residents do not use this name of Tikus Island at all. Some wise guy had put this up at Wikipedia which is wrong and objectionable.
“There are also numerous Buddhist and Taoist temples, with the more famous ones being the Wat Chaiya Mangalaram ( Reclining Buddha Temple ) built in Burma Line in 1845, the 203-year-old Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple just opposite, and the Buppharam Buddhist Temple in Perak Road.”
Inser6ted by SP Lim
Cheng Beng Prayers at Wat Chaiya Mangalaram Thai Buddhist Temple, Penang.
Final duty of burning the joss paper and “gifts”.
Ancestor veneration (Chinese: 敬祖; pinyin: jìngzǔ) in Chinese culture and ethnic religion is the practice of living family members and Chinese kins to pay honour and respect (Chinese: 拜拜; pinyin: bàibài) to their progenitors and ancestors. Emphasised in Confucian philosophy, paying respect to one’s ancestors is an aspect of filial piety (Chinese: 孝; pinyin: xiào) and is deeply rooted in Chinese culture; it is believed that the relationship and obligations of children toward their parents remains intact even after death.
Each Chinese kin maintains its own network of ancestral temples, where the godly progenitors and other ancestors of the lineage are worshipped. At these temples, ceremonies can be performed either by elders of the lineage, Taoist clergy, or, more rarely, Buddhist monks. Thus, rituals for ancestral worship are found in the practices of both Taoism and Chinese Buddhism.
After the funeral, families often install an ancestral tablet at a household altar alongside other deceased ancestors. This act symbolically unifies the ancestors and honors the family lineage. Incense is lit before the altar daily, significant announcements are made before them, and offerings such as favorite foods, beverages, and spirit money are given bi-monthly and on special occasions, such as Qingming Festival (or Cheng Beng in Hokkien in my blog) and Ghost Festival.
Prayer was usually performed at the household altar in a separate room containing the po of their ancestors. The eldest male would speak to the altar on a regular basis. In some belief systems where special powers are ascribed to the deceased, he may supplicate the spirit to bless the family.
The Naga’s or Thai Dragons at Wat Chaiya Mangalaram Thai Buddhist Temple in Penang, are being upgraded with mirror-like crystal tiles from Belgium.
Simple Prayer Ceremony in memory of my late wife
Time flies and on this Monday, 1st December, 2014 corresponded to the Chinese 10th Day of the 10th Moon. This Chinese Lunar Calendar date was the Anniversary date of the passing away of my late wife, Ang Saw Ai in 2010. Thus, this was the Fourth Anniversary of her untimely demise.
A simple prayer ceremony was conducted by offering her favourite wanton mee and her black coffee at the niche at Wat Chaiya Mangalaram Thai Buddhist Temple, Penang. Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu.
“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.”- Buddha
I came back home wet but my camera is still all right even with a few wet encounters from the Thai Songkran Festival and Burmese Water Festival 2014 which are happening now at Thai Chaiya Mangalaram Buddhist Temple and Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple at Burma Lane. However, we need to remember to conserve water too in this joy of celebrations as Malaysia is experiencing the worst in 15 years. Even part of the wettest town in Malaysia, Taiping also faced water rationing. Water rationing had started in Selangor and Negri Sembilan states. However, Penang with the multi-religious, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic background has overcome such problem quite easily. It started to rain quite consistently these few weeks. It pays to pray!