The Celebration of Visakha Puja Day at Our Local Temple

Visakha Puja Day is also known as Buddha’s Birthday, it’s the day of birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha. This is the holiest day for Buddhists,and celebrated by the Buddhist communities all over the world. It was a nice day, and we had a good turn out yesterday, might be about 80 worshipers that were there. We’ve several Buddhist temples in North Carolina, and this one is Wat Greensboro also known as Greensboro Buddhist Center, almost an hour and 20 minutes for us to get there, so our local temple is not so local after all.

Wat Greensboro

Buddhist worshippers

A young Buddhist worshiper, must be love at first sight…she is adorable.

Young Buddhist worshipper

And for those that have a hard time sitting on the floor, there are chairs in back.

Buddhist worshippers

This is Mae Tou Gaisorn, she is the host for Thot Pahpar this year, and also the previous years. She donated $50 and was the first to hang her money on the money tree, and by the end of the day many Buddhist worshipers joined her and we ended up with $300 and the amount was donated to the temple.

Thot Pahpar

Thot Pahpar

Almsgiving.

Almsgiving

Foods offering to the monks, anyone can bring food from home to offer, my second sister brought several dishes, and I brought Ginger chicken.

Foods offering

Foods offering

The ceremony for Visakha Puja started after the monks had finished with their meal and it was about 11:45 AM, this is to pay homage to the lord Buddha and everyone was given 3 incense sticks which represent the Buddhist Triple Gem, standing for the Buddha, his teachings (the dharma), and the monkhood (the sangha).

Incense sticks

The ceremony started with the monks chanting, all monks and each worshiper held 3 incense sticks, all facing the direction of the big Buddha statue.

ceremony for Visakha Puja

ceremony for Visaka Puja

And as for us, since this is Mother’s Day, we took the opportunity to Tum Boun (Merrit making) for our mom that passed away in January 2007 as well.

Merrit making on Mother's day

Part of the ceremony to offer Boun (merrit) to our passed loved ones, we’d pour water called Goud Nom Pra Maid Ta to mother earth so she can tell our passed love ones to come and receive their Boun, and in this case, it was for our mom.

Pour water

There weren’t as many foods and souvenir vendors as the New Year celebration.

foods and souvenir vendors

I spotted Lod Chong Nam Ka Ti right away, one of my favorite desserts, and purchased 3, they were $2 each and it was real good.

Lod Chong Nam Ka Ti

I think Nham is a Laotian dish, not very often that you’d find them selling at a festive event such as this.

Nham

The next event at Wat Greensboro is Sunday, May 17th, Atthamee Puja Day, it’s the day of the cremation of the Buddha’s body, meditation retreat and Dhamma talk will be provided. It begins at 9:30 AM, all are invited and welcome.

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