The Biggest Buddhist Monastery in Bali

Untitled-1-vihra.jpgExplore The North Bali!!! In Buleleng regency you can find  the Biggest Buddhist Monastery in Bali, there is Brahmavihara Arama. Brahmavihara Arama, is about 1, 2 kilometers beyond the village of Banjar Tega, which is about 2 kilometers from the main coast road, get a lift on the back of a motorcycle. It well knows as Vihara Budha Banjar, is the Biggest Buddhist Monastery in Bali. It is located at a hilly area at Banjar Tegeha village, Buleleng regency about 22 km west of Singaraja city and 11 km from tourists spot Lovina. Due to its location in a hilly area, Brahmavihara Arama has a silent and peaceful atmosphere and it’s perfect as a spiritual area.  From Singara city spend time around 30 minutes and from Denpasar city and Tabanan spend time around 2,5 hours.

History :

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Brahma Vihara Arama Budha Banjar is a Buddhist temple that was built in the late of 20th century Christian exactly in1960 and after 1970,  it was opened formally in 1973. Actually Buddhist temple had been built before located at Banjar Tegehe around the hot spring are of Banjar village, but at that time only a few of people adherents Buddha. Then after Buddhist adherents were getting more increasing then Brahma Vihara Arama was finally built on such area of land, the area has been expanded in order to be able to build Borobudur Miniature that is located on the Southern part of the Brahma Vihara Arama that has been built and opened.

Principally there are 5 complexes of buildings :

  1. 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.
  2. Dharmasala : is located on the east, Dharmasal room is a kind of a room for giving lecture. This room is also a place for giving preach and other spiritual activities.
  3. 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 thing kept such as bright and fire proof things.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Untitled-3-vihra.jpgIf we hang around all corners of the room and park we can find many Buddhist statues. Among there are two beautiful ones Parinirwana and Budha statues. These statues are place in different rooms. Buddhist Parinirwana statue visualized Buddha reaching heaven or Hindus term Moksa (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 :

  1. The birth of Buddha in Purnamasiddhi Waisak Puja
  2. The reaching of Heaven by Buddha that is a perfect freedom, and
  3. When Buddha reached Parinirwana (eternity).Untitled-2-vihra.jpg
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