WatTampaInEnglish is the unofficial web site for Wat Tampa (Wat Mongkolratanaram)
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.
Click here to see some interesting information about Wat Tampa!
Click here to learn more about Wat Tampa. Even frequent visitors may find something interesting on this page! Opens in a new window!
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.
The three significant separate events are:
In his early years he lived a life of luxury and was shielded from the life of misery that most of the kingdom’s people lived in. At the age of 29 he left this life of luxury and studied the practices of Brahmin ascetics who denied themselves all but the most vital essentials of life. Eventually he rejected this practice and practice the "middle way" – a simple rational life of moderation. At the age of 39 he attained enlightenment. His discovery is referred to as the four noble truths:
He spent the remainder of his life wandering from place to place teaching his discoveries.
Visakha Puja day was first celebrated in Thailand during the Sukhothai period (12-13th century). Typical activities would include: Going to temple for special observances and listening to Dhamma teaching, giving food to the Monks, and Keeping the Five or Eight precepts.
One final note: In 1999 the United Nations unanimously resolved to declare Visakha Puja day an international day.