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.

End of Buddhist Lent Day at Wat Greensboro

The End of Buddhist Lent Day falls on Tuesday October 30th this year. It is the day that marks the end of the three-month rains retreat. Since this falls on a weekday, our local temple held the event on the past Sunday.

It’s cooler in our area, and extremely windy the night before as you can see that most of the leaves fell from the trees.

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.

And offered to the monks.

I don’t normally take a picture of monk eating, but this has a nice composition of an American monk eating hamburger.

We took a short break while the monk ate, and Lee was selling her jewelry to raise money to help build the bathroom.

She had a small table this time since there weren’t that many people there.

I bought a couple of bags of persimmon from the temple vendor.

There’s not that many food vendor this time, and the next big event is Boun Kathin and that’s next Sunday. I know there will be plenty of food vendors on that day.

There were several vegetable vendors.

Boy lives at the temple, and I’ve noticed that he is a lot older this year.

It’s kind of funny to see him lying there listening to the sermon, I think some of us should take note.

The pouring water ceremony of Goud Nom Pra Maid Ta, and it’s making merit for passed loved ones.

Lee sold $41 of her jewelry and she offered to the temple for the bathroom fund.

Buddhist worshipers sharing meal after the sermon.

This is a neat money tree and it was offered to the temple as Tun Phapa.

My sister likes to pick the persimmon from the tree and we offered $20 as a donation for the persimmons.

I bought 2 persimmon trees from the temple and hope to be able to pick the persimmon from my own backyard in the next few years.

Freshly picked persimmon is the best.

The temple bathroom construction is coming along slowly since it is funded by donation.

It is nice to see the wall and window, and it’s amazing to see what we could build when the community come together.

The End of Buddhist Lent Day at Wat Greensboro

Yesterday October 23rd marked the end of the three month rains retreat, and today was Ok Punsa or the end of Buddhist Lent Day at our local temple Wat Greensboro. 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 they might accidentally step on young plants. It was believed that 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, and the day of Ork Punsa was the day that he returned to earth. All the people came to greet him, as we carried the tradition to this day by gathering at our local temple to celebrate his returned.

The money trees or Tun Phapa were presented to the temple by individuals, this time we had 2 trees and a total of $415.

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, according to our Buddhist belief Tuk Badt or Alms giving is believed by many that it’s a Boun (merit making) of life, that they will live a long and healthy life. Below is a picture of items for alms giving.

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

A Buddhist worshiper offering alms to an American monk.

The next religious event coming up is Thot Kathin, one of the biggest religious events of the year.