So basically, 24 hour metta is chanting (alternatively, you can choose to meditate) continously for 24 hours with metta (Love) to the peaceful of world. The merit from the metta will bless all beings in the word. As what Bhante Mahinda mention, Heal with Metta~~
A 7 of us from UTAR Buddhist Association joined a slot too! There are total 30 onsite chanting group to run 24 hours of Metta Chanting. And our timeslot is 3-4am.
Samadhi Vihara. Vihara means temple or monastery in the language of Pali.
My sister and me took the 9am bus from Kemaman to KL.We stop at the Perhentian Pekeliling , and headed to KL central straightaway.I think we took the 5.10pm KTM to Pasir Jawa, it took around 40 minutes before Brother Mahadharma and Kae Wen fetched us.
Each of us will be given a rubber wrist band during the registration. I didn't take it, cause I know that I would only chuck those small wrist band and accessories in some hidden corner after I went back.
Samadhi Vihara is a vihara of Buddhist Missionary Society of Malaysia(BMSM).It is located at Section U12, Bukit Raja, Shah Alam.
See the brown colour pillar? It's Ashoka pillar.It was erected as a buddhist Icon. There are still other Ashoka Pillar in the world.
the night soon came right after we bathed. Visiting the booth at the roadside and also offer lighting to bless my family.
Hurry up for dinner so that we can join the highlighted of the event. It was the circumambulation at 8 o'clock.(circumambulation=绕舍利塔经行,是源自绕塔，这是南传佛教的一个修行法.)
Circumambulation is the act of going around an object of veneration, such as a stupa (a monument which houses holy relics of the Buddha or great Sangha masters), a Bodhi tree (which the Buddha sat under for shelter before he attained Enlightenment) or a Buddha image – for three times or more as a gesture of respect. It is done by walking clockwise meditatively, keeping one’s right towards the object of veneration. Doing so reminds us to keep the Buddha’s teachings in the centre of our lives.
extract from significance of clockwise circumambulation.
What we did is basically is, the participants gathered by both side in front of the Shrine Hall, awaiting for the arrival of Bhantes. Then after the lighting of the Ashoka Pillar, only the candle in our hand can be lit on.
Bhante Mahinda, lead the crowd for 3 rounds of circumbulation with holding the Buddha's relic. While we were walking, we also chanted something.
This is the scripture/ mantra that we chanted along the circumbulation.
Whose back is this? Is the wearing the tee inverted? LOL
He then delivered a short dharma talk to the participants.(开示)。 All that I could remember is he kept mentioning may all be well and happy. and also teach us the mantra Metta, Buddho, Parisutho, Cittho, Vimutto. Chant this mantra whenever you face difficulty, it will motivate you =)
After that, it is time for booth visitting.
The legendary 菩提树- Bodhi Tree
Also know as Pipel tree. Bodhi is a term in 梵语(saṃskṛtam). Bodhi is the tree where Prince Siddhaharta Gautama attained enlightenment.
Star folding corner
Another view of Icontic Lotus on top of Shrine Hall.
I went to sleep after all the events. Most of them stayed up until our chanting slot 3am. We were gather at dharma room just beside the shrine hall. We chanted together with a bunch of Secondary school students too! With some still sleepy, and messy hair~~ LOL. Inside, The sister brief us about what to do when the other group finish their chant and the related detail lar~~ we also discussed who would be the 2 main chanter that use microphone.
Unlike to other groups of chanter,we chanted in Mandarin. we started-off by the scripture 般若波罗密多心经， and then 慈经，慈悲观 。 Repeat慈经， 慈悲经 alternatively until our slot end.Later on, I just found our that 慈经 is Karaniya Metta Sutta.
I felt sleepy while chanting, I told myself must went back to sleep right after that. And end up I slept at 6am, after I handcopying the Karaniya Metta Sutta. Didn't expect this, but stay awake in the early morning in Samadhi Vihara (SV) was delight. No crowd. No noise. Just a transquil ambience of Metta with you. But still the sleepiness keep urging.
Right after the one-hour chant,finish at 4am, we were leaded to dharma room for 回向。（dedicate the merit）. Each of us will be given a stalk of flower and candle for this. Flower indicates the impermanent through its blossom and wilt.The light which shine us in dark symbolise wisdom. Dedicate the flower and light also remind ourself that we need to improve each and everyday.
With the absence of crowd, we use the chance to wandering around, join in the booth's activities, and photo-taking!
Loitering to Metta rock corner after handcopied Karaniya Metta Sutta
Samadhi Vihara in the midnight. The wave of light is Amazing!
On the next day, there is a Closing ceremony at 10am for 24 hour metta. I didn't take much pic for the next day~~~ result of insufficient of sleeping and rushing to go back.
Bhante Mahinda emphasize the importance of enlightenment (觉悟)。Though not fuly understand. But I think we all back with the bless of Metta love.
Though it's quite late to view the promotional video now, but feel free to make yourself to click if you are interested.
Another video about 2012 found in 24 hour metta Facebook page.
For those are interested! 24 hour Metta would be held annually in the same place, Samadhi Vihara in Section U12, Bukit Raja, Shah Alam.
The date is also fixed every year. It is the final weekend (Sat & Sun)of the year. Which mean It would be held on 27-28th Dec 2014!
An annually oportunity to get bond with Metta(loving kindness). =) =) =)
Sadhu sadhu sadhu!
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p/s: thank you to Kea Wen and Yan Xun for helping me out with the information about the buddhist fact. And Yan Xun, u got talent in translating!!