Reawakening the Nobleness of Hwa Chong Temple of Buddha

Topics: Metro Manila, Malabon City, Manila Pages: 12 (3118 words) Published: October 7, 2013
College of Hospitality & Institutional Management
Valenzuela City

A Feasibility Study
“Reawakening the Nobleness of Hwa Chong Temple of Buddha in Malabon City”

In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the course

Tourism Planning and Development
For a degree in
Bachelor of Science in Travel Management

Submitted by:

Camille A. Bondoc
Adonijah B. Cacnio
Karen Anne E. dela Cruz
Jaizel Ann B. Francisco
Famila Mae M. Neis

Submitted To:

Ms. Ruishell May Oasay

This Feasibility Study was made possible by the guidance, supervision, cooperation and participation of the following: * To the Almighty God who always look up and secure the safety of the preparers in doing this project. * To our parents who always guide and give words of wisdom to inspire us in doing our best in preparing the Feasibility Study as well as giving their both financial and emotional support. * To our beloved intelligent Adviser, Ma'am Rui Oasay, who has greatly shared her knowledge to us with patience and diligence in helping us meet the necessary works for the completion of our Feasibility Study. * To the Preparers, they who have given lot of efforts and consumed so much time to make the completion of the feasibility study are possible and successful within the given time.

Together, we sincerely acknowledge and give thanks the person/s mentioned above who have brought the success of doing this Feasibility Study. We are very grateful for this wonderful accomplishment.

This feasibility study aims to reawaken the minds of people in the culture of Buddhism and its relationship with the Philippines and other countries. It gives us the opportunity to educate ourselves more on another religion outside. The unique cultural resources of the Buddhist temple will serve as a basis for the cultural supply required by the local community as well as contributing to increase its tourism attractiveness.

Historically, Buddhism started in India and spread all the way through East Asia. The tradition goes as follows, “Siddhartha Gautama best known as the Buddha (“enlightened one”), was born the son of a chief of one of the tribes in the Himalayan foothills. After the fall of the Han Dynasty the empire was divided into territories north, southeast and southwest which became known as the Age of Division. During this division non Chinese were settling into the north China. North China was ruled by one or more non Chinese dynasties. This was the time where families judged themselves and others by their ancestors. Many families wanted to maintain the high culture in which many did extremely well in writing poetry and having sharp conversation. They believe that Buddhists who continually engage in self-centered activities will be continually reborn into transmigration by karma. Chinese Buddhists have very detailed and precise beliefs in regards to the dying process and death itself. The most important thing at the time of transcendence or rebirth is one's state of mind. The mind should be free from all worldly thoughts. Any family or friends should keep from any expression of grief, so not disturb the peace of mind of the person who is dying. When death is eminent, the dying person should stay in a comfortable and peaceful place, while a professional or older family member chants Amitabha.

Buddhism made inroads into Philippines when the Srivijaya Empire in Malaysia gained prominence. This was the period in between 7th century to 13th century. Later, on the arrival of the Chinese and Indian merchants between the 14th - 20th centuries brought in the Buddhist knowledge as well as Buddhist iconography. Buddhist statues and artifacts’ from this era is a proof to the influence that Buddhism had amongst the people in Philippines.

Today, the Buddhist community in Philippines is relatively small, with Buddhist forming only 2% of the...
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