New Year 2014 at Wat Greensboro

I hope everyone had a good New Year celebration, like every year we went to our local temple Wat Greensboro on New Year’s Day.

The service was held in the Buddha room.

It’s low lighting, so photographing was a challenge.

Lee and my oldest sister gave morning alms.

We offered meal to Phramaha Somsak after the morning alms giving.

Blessing water for the new year.

We normally perform Bungsakoun ceremony (merit making) for our mom on New Year’s day since it’s closed to her death’s anniversary January 7th, but this time we did it on December 28th since some of my sisters couldn’t make it on January 1st. It has been 7 years since her passing. I’m glad most of us could make it for the ceremony, my sisters and nephews came down from New York for the week.

Below is cun 5. It’s 5 pairs of flowers and candles for paying homage to the lord Buddha.

We offered Prakao tip (meal) to my mom, and offered another Prakao tip to the lord Buddha.

I am hopeful that 2014 will be a good year, and wish you all a blessing New Year.

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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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New Year 2012 at Wat Greensboro

It has been a tradition for our family to visit the temple on New Year’s Day. My sisters came down from NYC to tum boun (merit making) for our mom, it has been 5 years since her passing. The normal service time is at 9:30am and we got there before the service, a few joined in to make merit for their deceased loved ones.

The monks performed the ceremony of bungsakoun for our mom and another couple’s relative, which is a merit transferring to deceased loved ones.

According to 2012 Chinese Horoscope prediction, the year 2012 is Water Dragon Year. Dragon mainly contains Earth. Earth and Water are opposite elements. It sounds that some bad news will continue to arrive. Some people have predicted the Doomsday on December 21, 2012 after interpreting the ending of the Great Cycle of the Mayan Calendar. Mayans say that this whole cycle of civilization 5,125 years comes to an end on the Winter Solstice, 2012. In China, there is no prediction about the end of the world in 2012. Conversely, hundreds of years ago, a prophet said China will become prosperous and peaceful in 2012.

We had a good turnout this year, and it is a good sign that this will be a good year.

This is an interesting Alms’ bowl. She is very thoughtful in her offering and also includes an envelope of money as many Buddhist worshipers offer money to monks and temple on special occasion. The money offering to the individual monk is called Pud Jai, it goes to the monk and not the temple.

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Food offering to the monks.

New Year 2011 at Wat Greensboro

We visited our local temple Wat Greensboro on New Year’s Day and took the opportunity to Tum Boun (merit making) for my mom as well, it has been 4 years since her passing.

Ajarn Somsak burned the names of the deceased that we offered the merit to as a way of communication to the spiritual world.

Many Buddhist worshipers also joined in the merit making for their passed loved ones.

Almsgiving on January 1st is a tradition that has passed down for generations amongst the Buddhist community and a tradition for our local temple Wat Greensboro of North Carolina.

It’s a custom amongst some young men in Thailand and Laos to become a young novice monk before they get married. It is also a marking as a transition from youth to adulthood, and some became a novice monk at a young age and decided to walk the path of the Lord Buddha like Ajarn Somsak and remained as a Buddhist monk till this day. We are very fortunate to have him as our spiritual leader.

Wat Greensboro ordained a young novice monk yesterday. It’s a big decision since to become a Buddhist monk one has to make a complete break with all normal life, to leave family and friends behind, and to follow strict rules and observe 10 basic vows of the fundamental precepts that all Buddhists should follow. A permission to be ordained must be granted from one’s parents and superior, and in his case both his parents gave a consent.

Accepting of the ropes.

Ajarn Darrell will become his spiritual teacher.