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Maitreya Singhasana Stage
To complement the large Maitreya Buddha statue, Ven Shi FaZhao decided to erect a concrete Sumeru Vault and clad it with traditional lacquered panels. The China Chin Ting Enterprise Co Ltd, Fuzhou, China was commissioned to develop the Singhasana stage in Tang period tradition.

You will notice the colorful, prancing lions at the base, a symbol of royalty, strength and courage. In Buddhism, the lion’s roar represents the ‘Voice of the Law’ and a symbol of the great strength of His Teachings.

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The fully completed Buddha Maitreya statue was inspected in Taiwan by Ven Shi Fa Zhao.

It was then shipped to Singapore on November 2006 and placed at our Loyang workshop for further preparations.

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The Maitreya Throne Sealing Ceremony was held on 21 January 2007.
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The team from Shanghai You Shan Guan Decorative Design Co Ltd, led by Mr Zhang Jian commenced the painstaking task of painting the Maitreya Buddha, the pedestal throne and the aureole, at our Loyang workshop.

30 April 2007, the Maitreya was finally hoisted into its final place.

From 1 to 7 May 2007, 15 monks from Sichuan, China conducted a 24-hours by 7-days, purification and blessing ceremony.
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This was followed by the final laying of the gold trimmings and final paint touchups. By opening day, the Buddha Maitreya was ready, but without the 2 Bodhisattvas.

The crown was redsigned as follows.

The Bodhisattva Dharma Garden Grove on the left with a slightly shorter apron, and the Bodhisattva Great Wondrous Appearance on the right with a longer apron was installed.
The Maitreya Buddha was consecrated by Most Venerable Jing Xin of Taiwan during the BTRTM Grand Consecration Ceremony on 17 May 2008. Many devotees say that the Maitreya image had become more ‘matured’ after the ceremony!
Two Bodhisattvas
The research and design for the 2 Bodhisattvas was based on numerous examples.
The two attendant Bodhisattvas are in the Tribhanga (triple flexion) posture on a lotus pedestal, with hands in Anjali mudra (offering and veneration). There is a cintamanicakra aureole behind their heads. Bodhisattva Dharma Garden Grove on the left has a slightly shorter apron, whilst the Bodhisattva Great Wondrous Appearance on the right has a longer apron.
These were hand carved by Mr Qiu Bin Xin from Taishin Arts & Crafts Enterprise, Miao Li, Taiwan and hand painted by Shanghai You Shan Guan Decorative Design Co Ltd, led by Mr Zhang Jian.
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Maitreya Stage Columns and Beam
With the large Singhasana stage, Ven Shi FaZhao decided to install the huge stage columns and beam to provide a counterbalance and to frame the entire view. These columns and beam are from solid Canadian hinoke logs and capped by gilt elephants. It was developed by Xianyou Longwei Arts & Crafts Ltd, Putian, Fujian, China.
The Buddha Maitreya and attendant Bodhisattvas images placed in the Hundred Dragons Hall is dedicated to world peace, benevolence, compassion, friendship, happiness, success and to transfer merits to all sentient beings for good health, prosperity and to be reborn during the Maitreya era to gain Enlightment under Buddha Maitreya.
BTRTM Maitreya Ceremonies
The Buddha Maitreya birthday falls on the first day of the lunar year, which coincides with the Lunar Chinese New Year celebrations. The ceremony begins on the eve with special blessings for our donors of the Hundred Buddhas.
This is followed by a ceremony to welcome the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic from the Gold Stupa onto a special pavilion in the Stupa Chamber. The Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic will be exhibited for 3 days at the pavilion so that devotes can have a closer look for veneration for the new lunar year.
On Chinese New Year Day, Venerable Shi Fa Zhao will bless devotees at the Hundred Dragons Hall. BTRTM will also distribute special Dzambala coins and offer free vegetarian meals.

On the first day of every lunar month, from the 2nd lunar month onwards, the temple conducts a Buddha Maitreya blessings ceremony. The ceremony includes the chanting of the Ten Thousand Buddhas Sutra, which has been specially rearranged into 11 sections for the 11 months.

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Previous reading at:
Development of BTRTM Maitreya Statue
Maitreya Singhasana Stage

Bibliography:

  1. Bhikkhu Kumarajiva, Maitreyavyakarana Sutra, The Prophecy of Maitreya, A Translation by Bhikkhu Kumarajiva, Mile chengfo jing (彌勒成佛經)
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