Bodhi Heart Sanctuary (GPS: 5.43708, 100.29649) is a Buddhist meditation and contemplation centre in Mount Erskine, Penang. Approached via the Mount Erskine Hokkien Cemetery, Bodhi Heart Sanctuary occupies a hill side overlooking George Town. From here, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city, particularly the skyscrapers along Gurney Drive.
Bodhi Heart Sanctuary sign (9 June, 2012)
Being a non-sectarian Buddhist society, Bodhi Heart Sanctuary is open to believers of all traditions. The history of Bodhi Heart goes back to 2006, when a group of individuals came together to create it. They bought an eight-acre land which was otherwise difficult to develop, as it includes a Hindu temple, a few dozen squatter families and two existing graves.
The choice of name and logo was decided within a span of just one week, and the centre quickly took shape. The logo is a bodhi leaf pointing up within an octagon. Within the Bodhi Heart Sanctuary are various spiritual and humanistic centres. There is a meditation centre, a prayer hall, a library and a resource centre.
Entrance to the Bodhi Heart Sanctuary (9 June, 2012)
Buddha image at the Pujabodhi prayer area (9 June, 2012)
Landscaping of the Bodhi Heart Sanctuary (9 June, 2012)
Prajnabodhi Open-Air Meditation Centre (9 June, 2012)
From Mount Erskine Road, enter the Mount Erskine Hokkien Cemetery through its archway. Follow the road until you reach the gateways into the Cheah Sek Tong Private Cemetery. Take the left fork of the road and continue driving until you reach Bodhi Heart Sanctuary on your right.
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