Buddhist text hidden since WWII unveiled

The Star, June 14, 2005

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- A 92-year-old Buddhist text written with the blood of a monk was unveiled in an auspicious ceremony where at least 3,000 devotees prostrated for two hours at the Tai Kuk Wah Si Temple in Kuala Lumpur.

The Lotus Sutra, written by temple founder Rev Master Hui Yan using his own blood as ink, was previously preserved and kept out of public viewing since World War II.

It was hidden then due to fears it would be destroyed during the Japanese Occupation.

Rev Master Hui Yan, who spent two decades in the temple, took two years to finish writing the text.

Sin Chew Daily reported that the Lotus Sutra was finally brought out on Sunday and devotees gathered since dawn to prostrate before the text, which contained Buddha teachings on wisdom.

?The temple is a place for anyone seeking dharma. It is not a tourist spot,? said Master Wen Zhi of the 100-year-old temple.

?We will organise activities for devotees so that they can find a place to de-stress themselves from a hectic lifestyle,? he added.