Level 1 - Our Great Bodhi Grotto
the main gate of the building through the adjacent road is the atrium where one
will notice a huge Buddha ﬁgurine and a mural. The Buddha sculpture is well
protected by a three dimensional cave. On the left of the Buddha is a painting
of the Singapore skyline and on the right is a painting of the Bodhi Tree.
Together they depict the characteristics of Buddhism in our modern society.
end of atrium stands a tall sturdy Bodhi tree. This Bodhi tree bears a great signiﬁcance
to Buddhism as it is the icon of the original Bodhi tree where
the Lord Buddha gained enlightenment. It is said that seeing the Bodhi tree is likened to seeing
the Buddha himself.
Level 3 - Masters' Hall and dining hall
The Masters' Hall and dining hall occupy level 3. We often see
the Venerable here listening intently to their devotees employing both
compassion and wisdom to give guidance and suggestions. There is also a meeting
room and a resting area.
Level 4 - Reception Ofﬁce / Hall of Thousand Jade Buddhas
Level 4 is the reception as well as the office. Three jade
Buddhas are placed in the main hall (Hall of Thousand Buddhas), Sakyamuni
Buddha is in the middle with Medicine Buddha on the left and Amitabha on the
right. There are also the four great Bodhisatvas, Eighteen Arhats, Four
Heavenly Kings and Two Great Protectors. The hall is named the "Hall of
thousand Buddhas" because there are close to a thousand jade Buddhas
offered by devotees in the hall symbolizing a gathering of the strengths of
Level 6 - Classrooms
There are several air-conditioned classrooms of different sizes
on level 6. The four classrooms are named after Sagaramudra's Four Principles
"Frank", "Simplicity", "Peacefulness" and
"Dignity". These classrooms are where the Basic Buddhism course
classes are conducted.
Level 7 - Meditation Hall
Level 7 is the meditation hall and a place for conducting
meditation class and group practice. The hall is air-conditioned and has the
capacity for a group of 100.
Level 8 - Avalokiteshvara Tantric Altar
The tantric altar on level 8 places a statue of the Four-armed
Avalokiteshvara symbolizing the Four Immeasurables of Love, Compassion, Joy
and Equanimity. The Five Dhyani Buddhas on the ceiling symbolize the perfection
of Five Wisdoms, Teaching the Dharma, Humility, Perception, Meditation and Equanimity. All accomplishing Six Bodhisatvas symbolize six Paramitas and two
wrathful Protectors symbolize two manners of conveniences to the door of
Buddhism to beings. As this is the highest level, the altar is often used for
offering to the devas and the "lotus lamps" for eliminating
misfortunes and praying for blessings is a feature of this altar.