The Tibetan temple in Tambun is called Enlightened Heart Buddhist Temple. Surrounding the temple are the iconic 13-storey pagoda and a large standing Buddha Statue. The temple was first built in 1976, then expanded with pagoda and other buildings. You can find the Tibetan prayer wheels and the colourful prayer flags in the temple. However, architecture of the temple does not have significant Tibetan elements.
I read from an English article from local newspaper previously about this temple. That article said the interior pagoda is too striking with gaudy colours and kitsch décor. I’m not really agree with it. I like the colourful interior décor and it seems like having some meanings. The interior pagoda is painted with 5 colours, which are red, yellow, blue, green, and white. Similar with the Buddhist flag that is also 5 colours, it just changed the orange colour to green in the pagoda.
The hexagonal pagoda symbolizes samsara in Buddhism. The samsara is a belief about rebirth cycle that occurs in six realms of existence. Each corner at each level in the pagoda also has a hexagon design platform. This hexagon design platform is like reminding the devotees to do more good things in order to rebirth in good realms. Of course, this is just my view point and I have not confirmed with the temple management about the meaning of hexagon design platform.
Enlightened Heart Buddhist Temple also has gigantic thangka, which is a giant scroll painted with Buddha images. However, visitors only have two chances in a year to see the thangka. The first chance is on the Wesak Day (also called Buddha Bathing Festival, which is on the 15th day of 4th month in lunar calendar) and the second chance is on the Medicine Buddha Festival (which is on the 29th day of 9th month in lunar calendar). During noon time on the festival day itself, they will unfurl the thangka for sunning and blessing ceremony. However, they will unfurl two different thangka on both festivals. That means, a thangka only has a chance in a year to be unfurled under the sun.
Sometimes it also has exception. If it’s a rainy day, they will not unfurl the thangka for sunning ceremony. Just like the rainy day on Wesak Day this year, they didn’t hold the sunning ceremony although the rain had stopped around noon time. This is due to the handmade thangka cannot be damped and has to be unfurled on dry ground. Though I couldn’t witness the thangka sunning ceremony, but I witnessed the Tibetan ritual masked dances performed by the monks. This round, I don’t really need to fly to Tibet to watch the dance, I can easily watch it in Malaysia itself.
只是，要去一趟心意佛院，需驾车去，没有公交。佛院外都是柚子园，还有几个水池，这一点要注意咯。因为，如果在Google Maps 打上中文“心意佛院”，它会把你带到一个社区，地图上会显示那里没有水池，那你就能及时发觉走错路。我有几位朋友就是这样被 Google Maps 忽悠了，呵呵。如果打上“Tambun Tibetan Temple”，Google Maps 才会把你带到真正的心意佛院。当然，打上 GPS：4.603667, 101.154758，任何导航也应该不会出错的。
Just that, there is no public transport available to go to Enlightened Heart Buddhist Temple. The Tibetan temple is surrounded by pomelo farms and several ponds. Type “Tambun Tibetan Temple” on Google Maps, the app will bring you there. Of course, the safest way is to type the GPS: 4.603667, 101.154758 on the navigation apps or devices.