We would like to bring to your attention to the
very first Chinese Temple in Kandy -
Samadhi Cultural Centre. It is located at the top of the mountain
near the city area
and is within 10 minutes walk from Hotel Citadel.
Samadhi Cultural Centre was officially opened for the public in
December 1996 and it took
3 long years for the project to complete. Many manpower were spent
to ensure that the construction of the temple was of high standard
and quality. We have replicated the Chinese temple design when
designing the exterior look of our temple. This includes the using
of building materials shipped directly from China.
Our huge Buddha image is from Burma and is one of the biggest
marble Buddha image found in Sri Lanka. There is also a big Avalokiteshevara
Boddhisatta image displayed in the temple compound. Traditionally,
the Mahayana buddhist followers respect this Boddhisatta image
in the belief that it will bring happiness and prosperity to them.
There are 32 auspicious marks of the Buddha engraved on marble
tiles in 3 languages,
namely Chinese, English and Pali. The temple also displays more
than 200 different collections of Chinese buddhist statutes.
We have incorporated both the Mahayana and Theravada culture into
our temple. This is the first in Sri Lanka and it will be of great
interest to everyone.
The temple also conducts daily evening Buddha puja, Full Moon
and New Moon puja
as well as Sunday English Dhamma classes.