On almost anytime of the day, you would see people sitting and meditating in the shrine hall or the Pagoda in Buddhist Maha Vihara in Brickfields. Whenever I sit down and close my eyes there, my mind calm down easily- no matter how stressed, sad or agitated I am. Usually if I can, I would take a short time to close my eyes and meditate- and when I open my eyes, I always feel better
If you are more ‘sensitive’ you would be able to sense that the energy around the shrine hall and the Bodhi tree are very calming and conductive. Usually, even though a number of people may walk in and out or even chatting, I am usually unperturbed.
Many families would also bring their children for monks to do chanting. After chanting, the monk would then tie a string around the wrist of those who are present there.
Above: The Buddha in a sleeping meditation pose.
Above: The pagoda- aside from looking at the display of Buddhist culture and different Buddha statues from different Buddhist countries, you would see a number of meditators there as well as the pagoda tends to have less activity, ie people walking in a out.
The Bodhi tree- I recommend that you go 9 rounds around the Bodhi tree- please remember to walk in CLOCKWISE direction. Keep your mind calm- you can recite a mantra, Itipiso or just calm down and observe your breath. After 9 rounds, pray to the Buddha and make an aspiration as well as transfer merits to other beings.
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