Buddhism in Singapore

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Buddhism owes its origins primarily from Shakyamuni Buddha who appeared in India around 2500 years ago or more. As a religion, Buddhism is introduced in modern-day Singapore primarily by migrants from across the world over past centuries. The first recorded histories of Buddhism in Singapore[1] can be observed in the early days' monasteries and temples such as Thian Hock Keng and Jin Long Si Temple that were built by settlers that came from various parts of the world, in particularly Asia. In 2010, out of 2,779,524 Singaporeans polled, 943,369 (33.9%) of them aged 15 and over identified themselves as Buddhists.[2] There are a variety of Buddhist organizations in Singapore, with the more predominant authorities being established ones such as the Singapore Buddhist Federation.

List of Buddhist organisations in Singapore[edit]

Copying of Mahayana Shorter Prajnaparamita Hrdaya Sutra in Chinese.
English name Native name Founded Denomination and Sect, if any
Aaloka Buddhist Center[3] 2005, Kotawila Sri Pemaloka Thera Sri Lanka, Theravada
Amitabha Buddhist Centre 1984, Lama Yeshe, Lama Zopa Rinpoche Tibet, Mahayana, Vajrayana
Amitabha Buddhist Society 新加坡净宗学会 [when?]Chin Kung Taiwan, Mahayana
Bodhi Meditation Centre[4] 菩提禅堂 [when?]Chuan Ren Singapore, Mahayana, Theravada
Bodhiraja Buddhist Society[5] [when?]Omalpe Sobhita Thero Sri Lanka, Theravada
Buddha of Medicine Welfare Society 药师行愿会 1995, Neng Du, Jing Cong Singapore, Mahayana
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
Buddha Vihara Society[6]
Buddhist Fellowship Centre[7]
Buddhist Library
Burmese Buddhist Temple
Cheng Beng Buddhist Society
Dhamma Duta Buddhist Centre[8]
Dharma Drum Singapore[9]
Drigar Thubten Dargye Ling[10]
Fo Guang Shan
Foo Hai Ch'an Monastery
Gaden Shartse Dro-Phen Ling[11]
Hai Inn Temple
Hua Giam Si
Jin Long Si Temple
Karma Kagyud Buddhist Centre
Karma Choying Kunkyab Ling
Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple
Kuang Chee Tng Temple
Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple
Kwan Yin Chan Lin
Leksim Ling[12]
Leong Hwa Monastery[13]
Mangala Vihara[14]
Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist Association (Singapore)
Nyingma Kathok Buddhist Centre[15]
Padma Wodling Dharma Centre[16]
Palelai Buddhist Temple
Palyul Nyingma Buddhist Association
People's Buddhism Study Society
Poh Ern Shih Temple
Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Centre[17]
Ruwan Buddhist Society
Sagaramudra Buddhist Society and Institute
Samadhi Buddhist Society
Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple
Satipatthana Meditation Centre
Singapore Buddha Sasana Society
Singapore Buddhist Federation[18]
Singapore Buddhist Lodge[19]
Singapore Buddhist Meditation Centre
Singapore Buddhist Mission
Singapore Soka Association
Siong Lim Temple
Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple[20]
Tai Pei Buddhist Organization[21]
Thekchen Cho-Ling[22]
Thian Hock Keng
Ti-Sarana Buddhist Association
Tzu Chi Singapore
Uttamayanmuni Buddhist Temple[23]
Vipassana Meditation Centre[24]
Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist Temple

School Groups[edit]

Free-distribution Buddhist media in Singapore.

Welfare Services[edit]

Notable Lay Practices[edit]

  • Firefly Mission: Lighting Up the World[25]
  • "The Dharmafarers: Sutta Translation Project" (Piya Tan Beng Sin)[26][27][28][29][30]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bibliography of Buddhism in Singapore
  2. ^ "Statistical Release 1: Demographic Characteristics, Education, Language and Religion". Census of Population 2010. Singapore Department of Statistics. Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  3. ^ "Aaloka Buddhist Center (Singapore)". Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bodhi Meditation Centre". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bodhiraja Buddhist Society". Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Buddha Vihara Society - Sinhttps://t0.ssl.ak.tiles..". Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Buddhist Fellowship". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dhamma Duta Buddhist Centre - The Dhamma..". Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Dharma Drum Singapore". Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Drigar Thubten Dargye Ling". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  11. ^ "Gaden Shartse Dro-Phen Ling". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  12. ^ "Leksim Ling". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  13. ^ "Leong Hwa Monastery". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  14. ^ "Home Page of Mangala Vihara Buddhist Temple". Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Nyingma Kathok Buddhist Centre - Singapore". Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Padma Wodling Dharma Centre". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  17. ^ "Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Centre". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  18. ^ "Singapore Buddhist Federation". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  19. ^ "Singapore Buddhist Lodge". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  20. ^ "Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  21. ^ "Tai Pei Buddhist Organization". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  22. ^ "Thekchen Choling (Singapore)". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  23. ^ "Uttamayanmuni Buddhist Temple". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  24. ^ "Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  25. ^ "Firefly Mission". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  26. ^ "About us / Support us". The Dharmafarers. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  27. ^ "The Dharmafarers". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  28. ^ "About: Piya Tan". dbpedia.org. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  29. ^ Tan, Piya. "from Piya TAN Beng Sin". support bhikkhunis. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  30. ^ "Piya Tan". Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 


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