Sunday, 12 August 2012

Pho Quang Temple - Marangaroo Buddhist Cultural Centre


So, my Grandfather's funeral was yesterday morning. Even though he'd been ill for several years, and even though I thought I was prepared, it still hurt so much when he passed away. He was a constant presence in my life - his wide grin, his love of animals and nature, and the way he doted on us grandkids are what I will always think of, when I remember him. 

I'll even remember that one time when I was little, when he dropped bright pink bubble gum  he was chewing, into my hair while I was sitting on his lap, fondly. Luckily we were able to remove it without chopping off a hunk of my hair - but it was a close call >_<

The funeral was as emotionally difficult as I thought it would be, especially when we had to finally close the coffin, and I realised it would be the last time I would ever see him again. But there was an incredible moment, when a bird flew into the chapel, swooping and chirping. My Grandpa loved birds - we've raised pigeons, canaries (he even domesticated a willy wag tail once), and all sorts of other birds all through my childhood. I think we all believed it was some sort of sign from him. 

When we are able to collect his ashes from the funeral parlour, he'll be laid to rest at Pho Quang Temple. Before now, I had no idea this temple even existed, quietly and unassumingly tucked away, in the northern suburbs of Perth. It is a really beautiful place - I could feel the tranquillity the moment I stepped foot on the grounds. For my Grandpa, who loved his garden and nature, I think this will be the perfect resting place. 


They actually do have fish in the pond - even a turtle too!
A quite amazing monument
A lovely courtyard in the centre of the temple
A 'zen' style garden - the room in the upper right corner is where all the urns are placed. 
I think inside this building is the main prayer room 

Pho Quang Temple - Marangaroo Buddhist Cultural Centre
19 Bradford Place, Marangaroo

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6 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to hear that.., but that part with the bird left me in awe. It was probably a sign from him telling you guys not to be sad but to be happy for him instead now that he's resting in peace.
    Feel better! :]

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  2. My deepest condolences for you and your family..
    My grandpa passed away almost 8 years ago when he was only 64 y.o.. It was heart attack and sudden death. He was always healthy and strong. I love him so much that his death changed my perspective about life completely. But I believe there is always a silver lining amongst the black clouds..
    My prayer is with his resting soul and hope you'll feel better! *hugs* <3

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  3. My condolences. I hope that you'll feel better soon. ^^

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  4. Sorry for your lose dear. I know he's happy wherever he is. Stay strong. =)


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  5. I am very sorry for your loss. It's good to remember the best memories of the people you care about. That's already a sure sign of healing!

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  6. I'm sorry for you loss, Tulip. Death is always a difficult thing to deal with. Sometimes, we may think we are ready to let go of a person, but when the time comes, it just feels so sudden. I lost my mother 14 years ago. It has always been difficult for me to grow up without a mother figure in my life, but I'm so thankful that I got the chance to meet & get to know her. I always feel happy thinking about her & what we used to do together, yet sad at the same time. Stay Strong. <3 My deepest sympathy goes out to you & your family.

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