End of Buddhist Lent Day at Wat Greensboro

We celebrated the End of Buddhist Lent Day on Sunday, October 20th this year. It was the day that marks the end of the three-month rains retreat.

My dad offered and hung money on the money tree.

It was cold early in the morning and Lee bundled up for the service.

The morning Alms giving was Tuk Badt Tayvo. It is an old Thai tradition of Alms giving where the Buddhist worshipers would lineup and the monks come by to collect Alms. The line was led by a Buddha statue, then followed by monks.

Foods were brought in by Buddhist worshipers to offer to monks.

An offering to the monks.

The temple bathroom construction is coming along slowly, hope we’ll be able to use it by next year.

Please visit Wat Greensboro’s Facebook to see more photos of the End of Buddhist Lent Day 2013.

The Buddhist Lent Day at Wat Greensboro

Sunday July 21, 2013 was the Buddhist Lent Day at our local temple Wat Greensboro. It is called Kao Punsa for the locals and it’s the tradition of Buddhist Lent or 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. In the ancient time, the Lord Buddha left earth for 3 months to visit his mother up in heaven, he wanted to show his gratitude by chanting for her during this Lent period. It is also considered inauspicious to get married or move house during the Lent period, and after the end of the Lent period then the calendar is open for weddings.

My alms bowl.

This year we have a brand new orange shade cover, and it’s eye catching from a distance. When I took my first alm’s shot, I’ve noticed right away that people’s faces were orange color. I thought to myself that this can’t be good. I worked to adjust the color for this image below, but it’s still too orange to me.

I tried to adjust the remaining alms giving photos, but it was impossible for me to do so. My only solution was to convert the photos to black and white.

We offered meal to the monk after alms giving.

Dragon fruits

The Buddhist sermon.

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Buddhist Lent ceremony,

My dad eating meal with friends.

The bathroom construction is coming along slowly.

I was happy to see the roof gone up, and hoping that we’ll get to use it by Kathin in November of this year.

Wat Lao Buddhavong July 4, 2013

This is our seventh year attending the July 4th celebration at Wat Lao Buddhavong in Catlett Virginia. The celebration started on July 4th, and they had a 3 days celebration. We attended Thursday July 4th, and got there early for the morning Alms giving.

We also visited my mom’s monument, it has been 6.5 years since she passed away. The sadness is still there and I don’t think it will ever go away.

Max went with us this year and this beats staying at the doggy hotel. We used to board him in the past, and he had separation anxiety and didn’t do too well. One great thing about camping is that you can take your dog with you, and most if not all campgrounds are pet friendly.

They didn’t have a good turnout this year, probably less than half of last year’s turnout. They also changed the program and I missed the Lao classical dance.

Geenoy from Laos

Jop and Joy, two sisters from Thailand.

Playlist of videos at Wat Lao Buddhavong July 4, 2013 event.

Songkran Day at Wat Greensboro

We celebrated a Lao Pee Mai, Khmer, and Thai New Year at our local temple Wat Greensboro on Sunday April 14, 2013. We had a good turnout, surprisingly more so than the previous years.

The weather was exceptionally nice, good weather to celebrate the water festival, but of course the celebration is totally different than from back home. It’s less water splashing in the US, and more shaving cream. Even this Persimmon tree got a little splash of shaving cream to ring in the New Year.

This is my first time seeing a Jaydee (stupas) made of rice bags and money tree center piece.

People brought in foods to offer to monks and there must have been at least 2000 tiny bowls, I should know since we end up washing the dishes.

Alms giving.

I’m happy to see so many people visiting the temple, the Alms line went all the way to the back.

Food offering to the monks.

Jaydee Cide (Sand Stupas)

Offering the money tree to the temple.

We pour water over Buddha images for blessing and cleansing the rust from our soul.

We songk nom pra or pour water over monk’s hands for blessing.

Bird release ceremony

Khmer New Year game

Live music and Lumvong (Lao/Khmer/Thai traditional dance)

There’s not that many vendors this year, I guess most didn’t expect such a good turnout and many didn’t setup their booths.

Please visit Wat Greensboro Facebook to see more Songkran photos.

New Year 2013 at Wat Greensboro

We went to our local temple, Wat Greensboro on New Year’s Day. My oldest sister came down from NYC to tum boun (merit making) for our mom, it has been 6 years since her passing.

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Another family was there making merit for their father also.

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It is a tradition for us and many Buddhist worshipers to visit the temple on New Year’s Day, and it’s nice to see so many familiar faces there.

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It was cold outside so the service was held inside the Buddha Room.

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Morning Alms giving.

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My oldest sister giving alms.

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Meals were brought in by Buddhist worshipers, and were offered to the monks.

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This is an odd combination, the McDonald meal was offered to the American monk.

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Ajarn Somsak gave a sermon after his meal.

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Also blessing water for the New Year.

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Ajarn Dale walked around to give blessing water.

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Lee’s funny, anything that would make her lucky she will be there.

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The bathroom construction is coming along. The next step is the roof, and the bathroom should be completed by Songkran in April of this year.

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