Than Hsiang’s conviction is to create an environment conducive for the young to learn, the strong and healthy to serve, the aged and sick to be cared of, and the departed to find spiritual destination.
In order to implement the forth item of this conviction ,Da Yuan Dian and San Sheng Dian were set up in 1999 and 2004 respectively. They offer a tranquil and dignified atmosphere for Buddhists to book ancestral tablets and ash niches for themselves or their relatives in the ancestral hall (Da Yuan Dian) and the columbarium (San Sheng Dian) correspondingly.
Sponsors are to claim their niches and tablets through donations to Than Hsiang’s Welfare and Education funds. Collections are mainly utilized to facilitate the management of International Buddhist College (IBC) for promoting Buddhist education development.
The college, IBC offers: Chinese and English BA Courses for Buddhist Studies, Chinese and English MA Courses for Buddhist Studies, Chinese and English PhD Courses for Buddhist Studies, E-Learing for MA Buddhist Studies
9. 除骨灰瓮外，凡欲置入骨灰龛之其他物件，须由本寺批准。本寺将拒绝任何会影响本寺安宁与清净之物件。本寺三圣殿只允许置放passport size 照片。
1.The sponsor makes a donation to Than Hsiang Temple in exchange for the use of a niche or an ancestral tablet. Please fill and sign the “Application form”.
2.The niche or tablet is available for occupancy after the full amount of donation has been settled. 3.The sponsor or the representative need to inform the temple immediately after the death of the beneficiary to arrange for the use of the niche. Family members are not allowed to install the ashes into the niche without any notice.
4.To comply with the building structural design, only the urn that is supplied by the temple may be used.
5.Please help us to keep the hall serene and clean. There will be no burning of incense, joss papers or offerings of candles, flowers and food inside the hall at all times.
6.For prayers, we encourage relatives to do so at the ground floor of the temple. Please note that the temple does not allow offering of non vegetarian food or burning of joss papers and the likes at the Da Yuan Dian.
7.As a mark of respect to the deceased, the urn shall not be moved after installation. The door of the occupied niche shall be locked at all times. The temple has the right to refuse the request for the removal or moving of the installed urn.
8.The sponsor or representative shall not open the niche or alter the design of the niche door at all times.
9.Permission has to be sought for from the temple for the replacement of anything other than the urn inside the niche. The Temple has the right to refuse any item that may affect the safety and serenity of the hall. Only passport size photo is allowed for San Sheng Dian.
10.Chanting ritual for the placement of ash urn and tablet will be held at 10am daily. Family members can buy the prayer dishes & LED candle at our temple . The above rules are subjected to revision as and when appropriate.