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槟榔屿宝誉堂
宝誉堂原属槟榔屿杨姓殷商豪宅。其夫人邱氏素誉奉佛有年,晚年奉献豪宅一方土地,礼请宝月宫根泳姑太协助,1937年独资建立后于1947年奉献给十方信众礼佛修行,山门前并立有碑为据。邱氏晚年祝发出家法号慧光。慧光尼师圆寂后在宝誉堂一处建有纪念塔一座。有伯圆、法航法师等人提的碑记。

1941年,慈航法师长住南洋,七年间曾驻锡马来亚槟榔屿,往还于星洲、马六甲、吉隆坡、怡保及各地巡回讲经。这期间创设了星洲菩提学院、槟城菩提学院、星洲菩提学校、槟城菩提学校、星洲佛学会、雪州佛学会、怡保佛学会、槟榔屿佛学会,以及佛教人间月刊等佛教文化团体。

当年,慈航法师所创设的槟榔屿佛学会会址,就设在宝誉堂的[宝德居]中。佛学会曾经活跃一时,活动包括念佛、八关斋戒等。至于后来佛学会为什么与何时解散就不得而知了。宝誉堂有七层光寿宝塔一座,慈航法师代写过碑记,同时出席过光寿塔落成礼。

1978年间文建法师受聘从吉隆坡广福亭移锡槟城宝誉堂接任住持。前任住持是传严法师。[宝德居]在文建法师接任住持后,已更名宝誉居。同时,免费借给马来西亚佛教总会属下正化幼稚园办学迄2006年迁出。

宝誉堂自文建法师任住持后,寺里活动多以修持为主;大悲忏、金刚经共修会、朝山、佛七、八关斋戒、短期出家等。宝誉堂早期设有青年组。后来有周日学校、菩提之家及一些青少年活动。文建法师与1985年后移锡洪福寺。

About Poh Oo Toong Temple

The Poh Oo Toong Temple is a Buddhist temple along a quieter strech of Burma Road. It was originally the property of Yeoh Cheang Seng(杨章成), one of the wealthy Penang merchant. His wife, Madam Khoo Soh Oo(邱素誉) was a Buddhist devotee. She allocated a part of their mansion for the construction of the Poh Oo Toong Buddhist Temple(宝誉堂), with the advices and help of the Upasika Ken Yong(根泳) from Pao Yue Kong Temple(宝月宫). They came up with the funds on their own. Temple contruction began in 1937 and completed around 1939. During the Second World War, the temple runs by quite a number of resident Upasikas. Poh Oo Toong was presented and opened for the public worship by Khoo Soh Oo after the war, on 2 August 1947.

A famous monk Master Ci Hang(慈航)came from China to Southeast Asia in 1941, staying in Penang for seven years. During this time, he travelled around Singapore, Melacca, Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh giving lectures. He was instrumental in establishing the Phor Tay Institution in Singapore and Penang as well as the Phor Tay Schools and Buddhist Society in Singapore, Selagor, Ipoh and Penang. He also published a Buddhist magazine. The premises of the Penang Buddhist Society(槟榔屿佛学会) was at Poh Oo Toong. The Buddhist Society was initially very active in religious lectures and activities. The society was eventually dissolved later on 1960s.

A seven-tier pagoda was built in honor of Madam Khoo in the temple yard during 1940s. Master Ci Hang was present at the official opening of the pagoda. A tablet attributed by him was erected in front of it. Madam Khoo became a nun around the age of 80 and took on the title of Hooi Kong(慧光) and she passed away years later on 1952. In 1978, Master Boon Keng(文建) was invited from Kuala Lumpur to be the abbot of Poh Oo Toong Temple, taking over from Master Chuan Yen(传严). During this period, the temple is very lively with many cultivational activities such as meditation, cultivating the 8 percepts and more.

The Malaysian Buddhist Association also run Cheng Huah Kindergarten(正化幼稚园) within the premise of Poh Oo Toong Temple since 1970s until the MBA new educational building was fully completed at 182 Burma Road in 2006.

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资料收集:释开谛 2006/03/12修正
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