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.
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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.
In addition, September crops (including rice) in Thailand are beginning to ripen. As such it marks the start of the harvest (not the end). From a traditional point of view people believed that the first harvest of crops should be offered to the spirits. This was thought to ensure that the harvest would be bountiful and they would avoid starvation.
One of they traditions is the preparation of a sweet dessert called "Krayasart" or "food for the Sart rite". This dessert consists of rice, beans, peanuts, coconut, sesame, and sugar. Lay people would bring "Krayasart" to the Temple to offer to the monks. After the offering, water was poured in dedication to dead ancestors in order to earn merit for them. People believed that the offering of "Krayasart" would mean that their ancestors would have food to eat and that the person would be blessed.
Schedule of Events:
10:30am - 11:00am Religious ceremony with chanting
11:00am Alms giving for the Temple Monks
1:00 pm - 1:30pm Religious services
1:30pm Sart Thai Ceremony
10:30 am - 2:00 pm Sunday Market