Vihara Amurva Bhumi, South Jakarta

Vihara Amurva Bhumi Jakarta, or Hok Tek Tjeng Sin, is a Chinese temple and vihara located at Jl. Prof.Dr.Satrio No.2 (better known as Casablanca Street), Setiabudi, South Jakarta. I passed this temple almost every day for about seven years while I was working in a company based in Menara Danamon, now Sampoerna Strategic Square.

The Chinese name of the temple always reminded me of classic Chinese martial arts story book written by legendary Asmaraman S. Kho Ping Hoo. Although his books were written in Indonesian, but Kho Ping Hoo always mentioned Chinese names with Indonesian translation when making nicknames for his characters and martial arts jurus.

Kho Ping Hoo was very good at concocting stories, not only about the clarity and conflict between the black and white classes (hek to - pek to), but he also often gave philosophical lectures, intoxicating love stories, and spices of sex imagination packed in a subtle way.

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Entrance of the Amurva Bhumi temple is taken from inside of the gate. A worker was busy painting the Amurva Bhumi Temple gate in preparation to celebrate Chinese New Year. There is a building structure on the front yard of the Vihara Amurva Bhumi in the shape of a distinctive eight-octagonal Pat-Kwa with a beautiful dragon carving on every pillar of its roof. Inside the octagonal building there is Hiolo Thian to put hio after worshiping the God of Heaven. Broadly speaking, the temple is rather small and its collection of statues is also limited.

In the building to the left of the main building of the Amurva Bhumi Vihara there is a room where the Buddha statues and Bodhi trees are located behind it. The Amurva Bhumi temple is indeed a Tri Dharma temple, which provides altars of worship for Buddhists, Confucians, and Taoists.

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The front view of Vihara Amurva Bhumi with the Pat Kwa building in front of it that contains Hiolo Thian a drill-coiled dragon and a pearl at the top. On the roof of the monastery there is a pair of dragon statues facing the precious sun. To the right is Kim Lo (stove to burn prayer papers).

Hok Tek Tjeng Sin teaches that fortune and happiness are our own deeds, and doing evil will certainly get bad luck like a shadow that always follow the owner. Fuk (rejeki) comes from God, tek (moral) arise from the human heart. It's also taught that little conscious, little avail; many conscious, many good; do not want to change, there is no cure. Times change, sin overrides. Only the conscious (Wu Tao) can escape from misery, escape from drowning.

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Altar of Hok Tek Tjeng Sin (Fu De Djen Sin) or God of Earth, which is the host of Amurva Bhumi Vihara. The Sanskrit name is Amurva Bhumi Bodhisatwa, according to Mahayana Buddhists. Hok Tek Tjeng Sin is the most famous deity for farmers and traders. The farmer loves him as the protector of the Earth, the merchant worships him as a source of sustenance, and the general public regards him as the God of Prosperity.

From the Amurva Bhumi Sacred Book, prayers on the altar of Hok Tek Ceng Sin are as follows: Praise God the Almighty Kong Co Hok Tek Ceng Sin The Great. With solemnity and prostration we plead before Kong Co Hok Tek Ceng Sin, guide us into the noble middle ground. Show us the light of real deed, awaken the awareness of TAO within us. Thanks to the guidance and exposure of love of Kong Kong Hok Tek Ceng Sin live all in love, calm, peaceful and happiness.

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The Kwan Kong altar in the photo above is one of the three prayer altars inside the temple. Kwan Kong is a famous general who lived in the era of Sam Kok (Three Kingdoms), 165-219 AD

Buddhists adore Kwan Kong as a god who provides shelter for temples and other sacred buildings. While the Taoists admire Kwan Kong as a God of War and adherents of Confucianism regard him as a faithful, trustworthy and brave saint.

On the left side of Hok Tek Tjeng Sin altar there is an altar to worship Kwan Im Pouw Sat, Goddess of Compassion. For its adherents, the Kwan Im goddess is considered the most frequent givers of miracles. A pilgrim who has been reading the Namo Da-Bei mantra Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa with solemnity and full of sincerity, sooner or later will receive her help.

Vihara Amurva Bhumi Jakarta

Address : Jl. Prof.Dr.Satrio No.2 (Jl. Casablanca), Setiabudi, South Jakarta. GPS Location : -6.219465, 106.81936, Waze ( smartphone Android and iOS ). Reference: Map of Jakarta, Destinations in Jakarta, Hotel in South Jakarta.
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