Brahma Vihara Arama the Buddhist Monastery
Saturday, 17 February 2018 12:10
It is still used and you can find groups of people staying in the Ashram nearby.
It has some Buddha statues and also Balinese decorative carvings.
This shows the solidarity amongst the Balinese people and the Buddhist community who live in Bali.
On the highest level of the complex you find a Stupa, allmost like a small version of the Borobudur in Java.
In the temple you find references to the Borobudur.
The Buddhist temple is not a tourist trap, entrance is free, but donations are welcome.
- Upasatha Gara : located on the top of the hill on the west, is a comfortable and a quite place.
- On the wall there is relief of Buddha’s birth, and in the center there is Buddhist statue in the condition reaching the heaven.
- In religious and ritual activities this space is functioned as stabilizing the candidate of Monk,
- a stating stage to follow the next training. It was in this space the Monk said their oath.
- Dharmasala : is located on the east, Dharmasala room is a kind of a room for giving lecture.
- This room is also a place for giving preach and other spiritual activities.
- Stupa : is a giant bell-like building located at the corner of North West, its walls are made of concrete,
- carved on relieves that are very interesting. In the Stupa there are many sacred Buddhist things kept such as bright and fire proof things.
- Bodi tree : at the northwest corner there is a big Bodi tree that is decorated with relief.
- This place is a victory of Buddha when reaching eternal perfection.
- In this place visitors usually do meditation especially on Asuda and Waicak Holydays.
- Kuti : at Vihara complex there are rooms called Kuti.
- These rooms are the home stay for Monks and students who are studying and a place for Monks exercise.
If we hang around all corners of the room and park we can find many Buddhist statues. Among there are two beautiful ones;
Parinirwana and Buddha statues. Both are made from bronze coated with gold gifts from Thailand and Sri Langka in 1977.
These statues are place in different rooms. Buddhist Parinirwana statue visualized Buddha reaching heaven or Hindus term Moksha (eternity).
Other biggest Buddhist statues at the park in Brahmavihara Arama are about 31 statues.
They are made from sandstone or concrete showing the symbol that there are 31 stages of nature outside heaven.
Other important holydays at Brahmavihara Arama are Waicak comes every Purnamasiddhi (Full moon). In may, once a year. It is to celebrate: