VISION & MISSION OF THEKCHEN CHOLING
"Connecting all with Divine Hearts"
The vision of our temple is a special wish for all students and devotees to cultivate the divine heart of Lord Buddha; to practice and put into action the Buddhadharma with an open heart so as to be fully enlightened for the benefit of all sentient beings.
"Empowering all to have Meaningful Lives"We as aspiring Bodhisattvas shall engage in the activities of divine beings to reach out and touch everyone with the essence of Buddha’s teachings – Love and compassion with wisdom.
These activities can be scoped into three distinct areas:
1. Flourishing of the Buddha’s teachings and preserving the tradition of Buddhist architecture and culture.
2. Engage in spiritual development of our students and devotees and be the Voice of Buddhism by creating religious harmony with other religions.
3. Be Socially-Engaged Buddhists to care for and provide support to the young, the old and the needy regardless of race, language or religion.
情 。 礼。 義。
Endearment. Respect. Service
12 Core Values
孝 Filiality - 孝顺
悌 Harmony -悌敬
忠 Loyalty – 尽忠
信 Trust – 信用
礼 Respect – 礼节
义 Service – 仁义
廉 Nobility – 廉洁
耻 Dignity – 廉耻
情 Endearment – 情义
质 Quality – 品德
靈 Divinity –靈性
系 Connectivity – 心系
Significance of Thekchen Choling Logo
What is the meaning of our Logo?
Our logo is an ornate golden-framed sacred mirror with a pinnacle formed by a white crescent moon, a flaming red sun and an orange flame of fire. Light rays radiate from the mirror as it stands on a full moon disc atop a blue lotus flower. Wrapped with a golden flowing khata, the mirror is protected by a pair of dragons and surrounded by the seven gems of a Chakravartin, which are in turn framed by nine precious jewels.
The Sacred Mirror represents consciousness and the element of space. Clear, pure and bright, the mirror reflects all phenomena objectively without judgement or bias. . The mirror is a reflection of life. It serves to remind Buddhist cultivators to practice objectivity and tame judgmental minds. On a more subtle level, it reflects the Buddha’s core teaching of emptiness – that nothing exists on its own side without a dependent arising cause. The pinnacle of the mirror, formed by the white crescent moon, flaming red sun and an orange flame of fire, represents the completion stage of Vajrayana practice.
The light rays radiating from the Sacred Mirror represent the flourishing of the Buddha’s teachings, fanning out to the furthest reaches of the universe.
Full Moon Disc
The moon disc represents Bodhicitta, the aspiration to become a Buddha to benefit all sentient beings.
Arising out of muddy waters, the untainted lotus flower parallels the Buddhist aspiration to be liberated from cyclic suffering to achieve full enlightenment. It represents purity, perfection, compassion and renunciation which are the bases of spiritual practice and the foundation of ethics and morality. Divinely fragrant, blue lotuses bloomed in only Buddha’s time. Incorporated into the temple logo, it symbolises the ever present Buddha in Thekchen Choling.
Nine Precious Jewels
These nine precious jewels represent the Guru, Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, yidam or mind-seal deity, Dharma protector, the sky, earth, and the human realm.
The two dragons represent continuity and harmony and create the cause for the temple to enjoy the strong support of members and benefactors for Dharma to flourish.
The flowing golden khata represents the auspicious increase of all Dharma activities.
The Seven Gems of the Chakravartin or a Wheel-Turning King
1. The precious horse represented by a unicorn’s horn
2. The precious elephant represented by its tusks
3. The precious queen represented by round golden earrings
4. The precious minister represented by square golden earrings
5. The precious general represented by a pair of crossed swords
6. The precious jewel represented by the triple-eyed gem
7. The precious Dharma wheel represented by a branch of coral