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Established Buddhist organisations based in Singapore

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There are a variety of Buddhist organizations in Singapore, with the more predominant authorities being established ones such as the Singapore Buddhist Federation.

Buddhism was introduced in Singapore primarily by migrants from around the world, particularly ethnic Chinese people, over the past centuries.

The first recorded histories of Buddhism in Singapore can be observed in early monasteries and temples such as Thian Hock Keng and Jin Long Si Temple that were built by settlers that came from various parts of Asia.

Hua Giam Si

Hua Giam Si, is a Buddhist monastery in Singapore. The center was originally set up by Venerable Zhen Ding. The present premises are located at Geylang, Singapore.

, is a Buddhist monastery in Singapore. The center was originally set up by Venerable Zhen Ding. The present premises are located at Geylang, Singapore.

Buddha of Medicine Welfare Society

, is a Buddhist monastery in Singapore. The society was originally set up by Venerable Neng Du. The present premises are located at Geylang, Singapore.

Buddhist Research Society

The Buddhist Library is the first dedicated Buddhist library in Singapore. The library, which is located in a shophouse in Geylang, aims to meet the needs of the Buddhist community and anyone interested in Buddhism. It is unique in that it is not a voluntary association or a temple and because it takes a non-sectarian approach to Buddhism. Besides functioning as a lending library, it also organises Dhamma talks, accredited Buddhist courses, public art exhibitions and welfare work locally and abroad.

Hai Inn Temple

, is a Buddhist monastery in Singapore. The present premises are located at Brickland Road in Tengah, Singapore.

Karma Kagyud Buddhist Centre

is one of the several Tibetan Buddhism Vajrayana centers in Singapore, as of 2015 operating from temporary premises while the permanent building is undergoing reconstruction. The temporary and permanent premises are both in Geylang.

Kwan Yin Chan Lin

Zen Meditation Centre (KYCL) is a Buddhist zen centre in Singapore and Malaysia. The organization was set up by Venerable Chi Boon (釋繼聞法師) in 1991. The present KYCL centres are located at Geylang, Singapore, KYCL International Zen Centre at Pengerang, Desaru and Fu Hui Yuan at Muar in Johor, Malaysia.

Tzu Chi Singapore

, also the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore), is the Singapore branch of the Tzu Chi Buddhist organisation. The foundation was originally set up by Venerable Cheng Yen and based in Hualien, Taiwan. The present premises of the Singapore branch is located at Elias Road in Pasir Ris, Singapore.

Thekchen Choling

is a registered Buddhist organisation in the Republic of Singapore. The organisation was started in 2001 by Singha Thekchen Rinpoche and a group of his initial disciples. The organisation promotes non-sectarian Buddhism, emphasizing understanding of Theravada and Mahayana teachings.

Ti-Sarana Buddhist Association

The is a Buddhist organisation for the English speaking Buddhist Community in Singapore. The President of the group as of 2014 is Khemaka David Chew. Notable resident monks include Venerables Pategama Gnanarama Mahāthera, Welipitiye Ratanasiri Mahāthera and Ridiyagama Ānanda Thera.


  1. There are also youth groups set up in various Buddhist Temples and Centres like:

    – Wat Ananda Youth
    – Young Buddhist Chapter (YBC)
    – Mangala Vihara Youth Circle
    – Singapore Buddhist Mission Youth
    – Buddhist Fellowship Youth

    Also Buddhist societies are established in various tertiary institutions like:

    – NUS Buddhist Society (NUSBS)
    – NTU Buddhist Society (NTUBS)
    – SMU Dhamma Circle
    – SIM Buddhist Bhavana Club (SIMBBC)
    – Ngee Ann Polytechnic Buddhist Society (NPBS)
    – Singapore Polytechnic Buddhist Society (SPBS)
    – Nanyang Polytechnic Buddhist Society (NYPBS)

    There are also many foreign students in tertiary institutions joining and involving in these Buddhist societies.

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