KONG TECK PRAYERS AT SECK KIA EENH
3 AUGUST 2019 (SATURDAY)
BEGINS 9.00 AM, ENDS 9.00 PM
KONG TECK is a Hokkien term for Gong De in Mandarin, 功 德 which is merit. For the Chinese, the concept of gratitude, appreciation, filial piety, forgiveness and remorse is very significant to lead a normal way of life. Thus, for those who can afford the time and money, whatever amount, they perform Kong Teck, a merit offering to their deceased or departed relatives and friends. By doing so, it helps to appease themselves, having given them the opportunity to show gratitude and appreciation to their loved ones who have passed away.
Kong Teck is a ritual, practised with the belief that the merit transferred to the departed ones can benefit them in their present existence and their next life for a better plane of existence. Nowhere in the Buddhist Scriptures mention about the transference of merits. However, by the intention, the showing of gratitude and piety to their loved ones, Seck Kia Eenh provides this platform for the many to come and pay their respects to their loved ones who have passed away, whose ashes or tablets are enshrined in the temple premises. By providing this facility to the devotees, it creates the awareness of generosity and giving. Giving of dana is one of the many meritorious actions that one can perform which are greatly encouraged as Buddhist practitioners.
In Seck Kia Eenh, the term Kong Teck has been used ever since the introduction of this prayer to complement the establishment of the columbarium in the temple. It could have been due to the predominant Hokkien dialect being used in Melaka. Other terms referring to about the same thing, like Pattidana, is widely used among the Theravada tradition and Ullambana, widely used among the Mahayana tradition. In the Ullambana Sutra, there was an account of how the Buddha taught Mahāmaudgalyāyana to help his mother who was suffering in the lower realm of Hungry Ghosts. Thus, the practice of Kong Teck being held on a wide scale during the Lunar Seventh Month, commonly referred as Month of the Hungry Ghosts.
Six Mahayana monks successfully conducted three round of prayers. The first round began at 9.00 am until about noon. The second one began at 2.00 pm and ended at 5.00 pm. The final round started at 6.00 pm till it ended at about 9.15 pm. Family members of those who had passed away whose ashes or tablets enshrined in the SKE Columbarium came in numbers to pray under the guidance of the monks. It was a very solemn occasion where each round of prayers took more than 3 hours of not stop chanting by the monks. For the first time, Kong Teck Prayers in SKE were held on a Saturday. Saturday turned out to be well accepted as those who could not come for the morning session due to work could join in for the afternoon and evening sessions. The monks worked very hard and they did an excellent job, having to chant for three 3 hours sessions non-stop. End of the day the family members of the deceased had a sense of satisfaction that performing the prayers and rites, they could transfer the merits they have accrued, by creating merits for their ancestors and showing respect and gratitude to their loved ones. It was most satisfying to see members and devotees leaving the temple premises with certain form of joy, rejoice the occasion and peace in mind. Anumodana. With Metta
MELAKA STATE PROGRAMME ON RELIGIOUS PRAYERS FOR THE LOVE OF THE NATION, MALAYSIA, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LAUNCHING OF THE NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION AND THE CAMPAIGN TO FLY THE NATIONAL FLAG, 2019
CO-ORGANIZED BY: DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL UNITY AND INTEGRATION AND DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION, STATE OF MELAKA
HOSTED BY: SECK KIA EENH BUDDHIST TEMPLE, GAJAH BERANG, MELAKA
DATE : 4/8/2019 (Sunday) TIME : 8.30 AM – 1.00 PM
VENUE : SECK KIA EENH TEMPLE, MELAKA
GUEST OF HONOUR: YB TUAN LOW CHEE LEONG, MELAKA STATE EXCO
MELAKA STATE EXCO & ADUN KOTA LAKSAMANA
INVITED SPEAKER: DATO’ IR. ANG CHOO HONG DSPN, JSD, KSD, PPT
Program Doa ‘Sayangi Malaysiaku’ Penganut-penganut Agama Sempena Pelancaran Bulan Kebangsaan dan Kempen Kibar Jalur Gemilang Peringkat Negeri Melaka tahun 2019 is the first time such a program is being organised. The objectives are to increase the spirit of patriotism and the love of nation devotees of various religions, to provide the opportunity for the Department of National Unity and Integration, and the Department of Information, Melaka and the various religious institutions in the state to collaborate and successfully organize religious programmes to further promote and enhance racial harmony in Malaysia, and to increase public confidence and support for government and government policies and programs. Seck Kia Eenh is most thankful to the Department of National Unity and Integration, Melaka State for giving the opportunity to host this significant and meaningful event for the state level. This is the second time Seck Kia Eenh has been given the opportunity to host a state event for the Buddhist community. On 29/3/2019, ske was also given the opportunity to host the Melaka State Buddhist Religious Blessing Ceremony in conjunction with the 212th Police Day Celebration for the year 2019. YB Low Chee Leong, Melaka State Exco for Health and Anti-Drugs cum ADUN of Kota Laksamana was most gracious to be present and launched the program. He spoke in three different languages, Malay, English and Mandarin to send his message across on the importance of the love to the nation for peace and stability, the importance of religion as guiding principles touching on the Five precepts to abstain from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and drinking intoxicants and drugs. Dato Ir Ang Choo Hong, the invited speaker selflessly drove all the way from Kuala Lumpur to deliver his presentation on the significance and importance to love the nation, how during the Buddha’s time, the Buddha helped to stop wars and fighting among various groups and the guiding light shown by the Buddha on how to live peacefully, harmoniously and mindfully.