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Dogs are welcome at the Sunday Market but please don't bring them onto the deck where the food is served.

The Sunday Market is held every Sunday, come rain or shine, from about 8:30am until 1:30pm. Some booths may run out of food earlier. Come join us for great food and a great view.

Interested in meditation workshop? Open the Meditation menu and select 2017 Meditation Workshops for a list of dates. Signup forms are available in the Temple. You can also sign-up at the workshop.

The Temple is celebrating our 35th anniversary June 2-4. Details of the celebration will be posted on this site once they are finalized.

Click here to learn more about the Buddha Learning Group. The discussion group meets every Sunday in the main Temple between 11:30am and 12:30pm. On the second Sunday of each month we have a more formal session on Buddhism.

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Schedule of Events for Sunday, April 30, 2017

 Sunday Market Open "NEW hours!     8:30am to 1:30pm! 
 Buddha Learning Group    11:30am to 12:30pm 
 Sunday Service    1:00pm to 2:00pm 

 

 

 First time visitors: The Sunday Market is cash only. The closest ATM is located at the 7-11 (about 1/3 mile west of the Temple) on Palm River Road.

Parking at Wat Tampa: Please do NOT park in the church parking area (including the grassy area) because your car may be towed at YOUR expense.

The following are the Buddhist and Thai holidays celebrated at Wat Tampa.

New Years Day 2017 - January 1, 2017

Welcome to Wat Mongkolratanaram (also know as Wat Tampa). Happy New Year!

Let me start today by quoting to you a traditional Thai New Years wish: "By the power of the Buddhist Triple Gems: Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha - May you and your family be blessed with good health, beautiful, prosperous, long life, and be successful in your career and in life for the New Year. May all of these blessings and all your wishes be fulfilled."

Read more: New Years Day 2017 - January 1, 2017

Makha Puja Day - February 12, 2017

Makha Puja Day falls on the full moon day of the third lunar month. The date of all of the Thai festivals is based on the lunar calendar so the "American" dates vary from year to year. We will be celebrating Magha Puja Day at Wat Tampa on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

This ceremony marks two important dates in the life of Buddha. The first event occurred two years after Buddha’s enlightenment and is referred to as the Fourfold assembly. These events were:

  • All 1,250 monks had achieved enlightenment.
  • These monks were ordained by Buddha himself
  • The monks assembled on their own without being called together.

Read more: Makha Puja Day - February 12, 2017

Songkarn Festival - April 9, 2017

On Sunday, April 9, 2017 we celebrate the Songkarn Festival. You may know it by one of its "nicknames" – Thai New Year or the Water Festival.

It is a Thai tradition to give Alms offering to Monks. And in turn, you offer this good deed to relatives who passed away by wishing for them by pouring a small glass of water on a big tree and it is a very good deed and good luck for the beginning of a New Year. This year, as in earlier years there will be a ceremony of sprinkling the Buddha statues and Monks with flower pedals & perfumed water., and, of course, the congregation will also sprinkle perfumed water on each other for good luck and good health and a prosperous New Year. There will be Thai Vegetable and Thai food available.

Read more: Songkarn Festival - April 9, 2017

Visakha Puja Day - May 21, 2017

Visakha Puja Day is an important day in Buddhism.  We will celebrate Visakha Puja Day at Wat Tampa on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Visakha Puja Day marks the Buddhism Trinity or three important incidents occurred in the life of Lord Buddha on the same day. They happened on the same day on full moon of the sixth lunar month.

Read more: Visakha Puja Day - May 21, 2017

Asalha Puja Day - July 9, 2017

Asalha Puja Day is one of the most sacred days in Buddhism. It is observed on the fifteenth day of the waxing moon of the eight lunar month (July).  This year it is celebrated at Wat Tampa on Sunday, July 9, 2017.

Asalha Puja Day is the anniversary of the day on which Lord Buddha delivered his first Sermon to his five Disciples at the Deer Park in Benares, over two thousand five hundred years ago. The day also marks the beginning of the worship of the Triple Gems, namely: the Lord Buddha, His Teachings and His Disciples.

Read more: Asalha Puja Day - July 9, 2017

Thai Mothers Day - August 13, 2017

This year Thai Mothers Day will be celebrated on Sunday, August 13, 2017. Her Majesty, Queen Sirikit of Thailand was born on August 12th, 1932. Thai Mothers Day is a celebration of the Queen's birthday as well as to honor mothers everywhere. The Queen is the symbolic mother of Thailand and is honored as the "First Mother". For almost sixty years, the Queen has stood by the Thai nation dedicating her time and efforts to the common good. For all of her endless devotion the people of Thailand are grateful.

If the Temple sponsors the Thai Summer school in 2017, the graduation ceremony will also be held on August 13.  A complete list of events includess:

  • Nuns will receive and observe the eight precepts to honor Her Majesty the Queen
  • There will be a public ceremony honoring the Queen
  • Thai Summer School Graduation Ceremony
  • The summer school students will participate in Thai classical dancing and Music shows

Sart Thai Day - September 3, 2017

Sart Thai day will be celebrated at Wat Tampa on Sunday, September 3, 2017 this year. Sart Thai day falls in the middle of the traditional Thai year. It occurs on the fifteenth day of the waning moon of the tenth lunar month (sometime during September).

The word Sart, derived from the Pali language, means season and in particular autumn or fall. Sart Thai day is also referred to as Memorial Day. This is not Memorial Day as Americans might assume. In Thailand, Sart Thai is a time to remember dead relatives with prayers, Buddhist rituals, and merit making on their behalf. 

Read more: Sart Thai Day - September 3, 2017

End of Buddhist Lent / Kathina Ceremony - October 8, 2017

This ceremony marks the end of Buddhist lent and is being celebrated at Wat Tampa on Sunday, October 8, 2017. This year the celebration will also include the Kathina Ceremony.

The first day of Thai Lent is referred to as Asalha Puja Day (or Commencement Day). This holiday will be celebrated at Wat Tampa on July 25 this year. The date of all of the Thai festivals is based on the lunar calendar so the "American" dates vary from year to year. You may also here Lent referred to as the "rains retreat."

Read more: End of Buddhist Lent / Kathina Ceremony - October 8, 2017

Loy Krathong Festival - Saturday Night, November 4, 2017

This year we will celebrate the Loy Krathong Festival  on SATURDAY night, November 4, 2017.  Typically the festivities start at 6pm. This is one of the most beautiful and popular festivals in Thailand. Loy Krathong is celebrated on the day of the full moon in November. Part of the reason for its popularity is the weather, which is quite pleasant. The temperature is mild, the monsoon rains have subsided, and there is plentiful water in the klongs (canals).

The central event in Loy Krathong is the launching of krathongs. A krathong is a small lotus-shaped vessel made of banana leaves, flowers, candles, and three incense sticks. Don't be confused by this simple description. Many krathongs are elaborate vessels that take many hours to construct. People launch the krathongs into any "large" body of water to carry away their bad luck. Prior to launching they light the candle and incense and make a wish. It is considered good luck if the krathong floats away from you.

 

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 Click on the link below to view pictures of the Loy Krathong Fetival in 2013. These albums were provided by local camera clubs.

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Read more: Loy Krathong Festival - Saturday Night, November 4, 2017

King's Birthday (Thai Father's Day) - December 3, 2017

His Majesty, King Bhumibol, Rama IX of Thailand was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on December 5, 1927 and passed away on October 13, 2016. We will celebrate the Kings birthday on Sunday, December 4, 2016 as Thai Father's Day.  The King is the symbolic father of Thailand.

New Years Day 2018 - January 1, 2018

Welcome to Wat Mongkolratanaram (also know as Wat Tampa). Happy New Year! Temnple will celebrate New years Day 2018 on January 1, 2018

Let me start today by quoting to you a traditional Thai New Years wish: "By the power of the Buddhist Triple Gems: Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha - May you and your family be blessed with good health, beautiful, prosperous, long life, and be successful in your career and in life for the New Year. May all of these blessings and all your wishes be fulfilled."

Read more: New Years Day 2018 - January 1, 2018


 

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