In Singapore, there are many Buddhist Temples and Buddhist Communities providing vegetarian food to ANYONE (rich or poor) free of charge.
And The Singapore Buddhist Lodge is the only place where the vegetarian food is served in a Buffet, with a great variety of soups, congee, noodle (Fried or Soupy), fruits and so on.
Volunteers busy cutting veggies even on CNY period ...
Donated items ...To have such a massive free food for anyone especially to the less fortune ones required lots of efforts from many sources with great compassionate heart. People donate money or food items, with lots of selfless volunteers spending many hours preparing and cooking the food, clean the premises etc. It is never an easy job doing the cooking. The price of such food is PRICELESS.
Yes, I went there (on LNY Eve, late evening) not for the free vegetarian food but to feel the compassionate vibe.
Donation Boxes for different purposes ...In the Buddhist community, many (who can afford) after enjoyed such free meal would make a donation (cash or kinds - sometime, the amount is few times more than the price they pay in an eatery) for the appreciation and paying forward to make the world more beautiful.
This section is the Hotpot Buffet, pick whatever you want (don’t waste food) and get a seat at the table with steam boat and you can enjoy the hotpot buffet.
The Buffet section has increased from 8 Vegetarian Dishes (on normal day) to 10 Vegetarian Dishes (on Lunar New Year period).
As this is not an eatery or restaurant, it is all self service! We have to get the plate and spoon at the rack near the kitchen and also need to wash it afterward and before putting it back. If we like, we can help to keep the place clean by wiping the table or clean up any food that dropped.
"素食供众广结善缘“After the PRICELESS VEGETARIAN MEAL – what I learnt is I think the Buddhist Community (vegetarian or non-vegetarian) believes in Dana ("generosity" or "giving") to cultivate generosity. "素食供众广结善缘“ as the banner said and not at the expense of any living beings, therefore Vegetarian Food is one of the best choices.
So, I wonder when treating someone to a meal for any occasions, would the compassionate choice – Vegetarian Cuisine, be giving priority? Or is this beautiful and compassion tradition only exit in the Buddhist Temple.
Where: The Singapore Buddhist Lodge. 17-19 Kim Yam Road Singapore 239329. Tel: 67372635