The Buddhist Lent Day 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016 was the Buddhist Lent Day at our local temple Wat Greensboro. On the day we also observed Asalha Puja Day, the day of the announcement of the first sermon of the Buddha also known as the Sangha Day. The Buddhist Lent Day is the annual three-month Rains Retreat known in Laos and Thailand as Punsa, which dated back to the early Buddhism in ancient India, this is the time where monks spent three months of the annual rainy season in permanent dwellings. This is to avoid unnecessary traveling during the period when crops were still new for fear that they might accidentally step on young plants.
Alms’ Bowl.
Food offering to the monks.
Alms giving.
Offering the robes and candles to the monks.
Local vendors
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Huge Jackfruit from Florida.
It’s nice to see that the offering flowers were mostly flowers from the garden.
Please visit Wat Greensboro’s Facebook to see more photos of The Buddhist Lent Day 2016.

Songkran Festival 2016 at Wat Greensboro

We celebrated a Southeast Asian New Year at our local temple Wat Greensboro last Sunday April 17, 2016. The celebration was later than the actual New Year celebration which was celebrated on April 13 to the 15th in Southeast Asia, it’s celebrated for 3 days.

Cups of sand were prepared for Jaydee Cide or sand stupas.

There were plenty of foods brought in by worshipers to offer to the monks.

The traditional morning Almsgiving of offering foods to the monks.

The vendors were busy, many food vendors donated their profits to the temple.

It’s a tradition to visit your elders and pour water over their hands and wish them good health and happiness for the New Year and this year we took the opportunity to do it at the temple. It’s nice to be able to pass down the tradition to the younger generations.

I’m always behind the camera and this time my sister offered to take the picture for me. I’m glad I handed her my camera, this image is priceless.

We also pour water over Buddha images for blessing and cleansing the rust from our hearts and souls and wish a good year of health and prosperity.

The traditional Khmer dancers.

I normally don’t do a video without my tripod and my reading glasses but I don’t think that still photos will do justice. The video is a bit shaky and not as sharp as I like for it to be, hope you will enjoy watching these young dancers.

Please visit Wat Greensboro’s Facebook to see more photos of Songkran Festival 2016.

Sart Thai Festival at Wat Greensboro

We celebrated Sart Thai Day at Wat Greensboro on Sunday October 11, 2015. Sart day is referred to as a memorial day for the dead, it is a time to remember dead relatives and merit making on their behalves. This is a belief that once a year the hell gates open for 15 days for the dead to visit their living relatives. This made me think of Lao Boun Kao Padap Din where the Laotians also believe that once a year the hell gates open for souls in hell to come visit the living world. People would leave foods around the temple gates or under big trees as offering to the spirits.

Alms giving

Food offering to the monks.

The persimmons from the temple ground.

The leaves are changing colors in our area, the mornings and nights are cooler also.

See more photos at Wat Greensboro’s Facebook Sart Festival (Prajumben) or Merit Making Transference

Songkran Festival 2015 at Wat Greensboro

We celebrated a Southeast Asian New Year at our local temple Wat Greensboro last Sunday April 19, 2015. It rained in our area, traveling to the temple was difficult and by the time we got there it amazed us that there’s not a drop of rain and the temple is only 1 hour and 30 minutes by car ride from us. We had a good turnout.The Cassia Fistula L. or the Golden Shower Trees are in bloom during the Songkran festival in Laos and Thailand, and in the US the temple is decorated with the pink Azalea flowers, the flowers that are in season during Songkran in our area.

One of our temple greeters.

For most of us when we built the Jaydee Cide or sand stupas we made a wish and donated the good merits for our deceased family members, and as for us it was for our mom. Some might wish for a year of good health and prosperity, I wonder how many people remember the symbolic of the Jaydee Cide, how many people remember the story of Kabinlaphom and his seven daughters Nang Sangkaan?

Songkran is the traditional Lao and Thai New Year also called the Water Splashing Festival. It’s too cold to splash water in our area, and we pour water over Buddha images for blessing and cleansing the rust from our hearts and souls and wish a good year of health and prosperity.

The food vendors were busy, especially the Spicy Papaya vendor.

The traditional morning Almsgiving offering food to the monks.

The traditional Khmer dancers.

Please visit Wat Greensboro’s Facebook to see more photos of Songkran Festival 2015.

New Year’s Day Celebration at Wat Greensboro

We went to Tum Boun (merit making) at our local temple Wat Greensboro on New Year’s Day. It has been our family tradition to visit the temple on New Year’s Day, and also for many families that were there.

I always feel at peace when visiting the temple, the incense aroma filled the Buddha room.

Many offered offering flowers for the lord Buddha on New Year’s Day.

We performed Bungsakoun ceremony (merit making) for our mom since it’s closed to her death’s anniversary January 7th, it has been 8 years since her passing. I’m glad most of us could make it for the ceremony, my sisters and nephew came down from New York for the week.

Our temple is currently under construction so there are exposed walls and the ceremony was moved to the great room (or living room) of the temple.

The monks were performing Bungsakoun ceremony (merit making) for our mom below, two meals were prepared, one for our mom and one for Pra Kao Thip (or meal) for the lord Buddha.

My oldest sister from New York offering the merit to our mom for this Alms giving.

Lee offering her Alms giving.

The meal was offered to Phramaha Somsak Sambimb and Phramaha Thanom Sonwongsa after the morning Alms giving.

Phramaha Somsak gave our family blessing water for the New Year.

Also tied white strings on wrists for good luck.Thank you for your interest in reading up to this point, I wish you happiness, good health and a prosperous New Year.