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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 & view in a family friendly setting!

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.

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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The Temple will hold meditation workshops on the following days in 2017.  Note that all of the scheduled workshops are held on Saturday afternoon in the main Temple at Wat Tampa.  The instructions for signing up will be posted here once the Temple has provided the instructions.

1. Saturday, April 15, 2017, 13:00-16:00

2. Saturday, June 24, 2017, 13:00-16:00

3. Saturday, August 24, 2017, 13:00-16:00

4. Saturday, October 28, 2017, 13:00-16:00

5. Saturday, December 30, 2017, 13:00-16:00

Please refer to the Meditation Guidelines for the proper etiquette for the workshops.

Use the Feedback icon (left side of the screen) to request the Meditation Workshop registration form.

The following is the schedule for a typical workshop.  This schedule may be modified as needed.

Typical Meditation Workshop Schedule
Time Leaders Activities Location
12:45 - 13:00  Dr. Wan / Volunteers   Registration Common Area
13:00 - 13:10 Volunteers Welcome The Buddha Hall
13:10 - 13:20 The Abbot Morning Chanting & Five Precepts The Buddha Hall
13:20 - 13:30 Dr. Wan / Volunteers  Break Common Area
13:30 - 14:00 Chaplain Niphon  Introduction to Meditation and practice The Buddha Hall
14:00 - 14:30 Chaplain Niphon  Mindful Streching (Moving Meditation) Outdoor
14:30 - 15:00 Chaplain Niphon  Mindful Walking (Moving Meditation) Outdoor
15:00 - 15:30 Chaplain Niphon  Mindful Sitting (Sitting Meditation) The Buddha Hall
15:30 - 16:00 Chaplain Niphon  Questions and Answers The Buddha Hall
16:00 All Adjourn





 What is meditation?
  • Meditation is an art of mind development and mind training.
  • Practice meditation just five minutes at a time, three times a day,
  • Stay away from stress, tension and anxiety.
Meditation practitioners gain a more stable mind and function more efficiently at work.
  • When mind is Weak, situation becomes a Problem.
  • When mind is Balanced, situation becomes a Challenge.
  • When mind is Strong, situation becomes an Opportunity
  • When mind is Pure, situation becomes an Enlightenment!

The following is taken directly from http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/8foldpath.htm

The Path

1. Samma-Ditthi — Complete or Perfect Vision, also translated as right view or understanding. Vision of the nature of reality and the path of transformation.

2.      Samma-Sankappa — Perfected Emotion or Aspiration, also translated as right thought or attitude.  Liberating     emotional intelligence in your life and acting from love and compassion. An informed heart and feeling mind that are free to practice letting go.

3.      Samma-Vaca — Perfected or whole Speech. Also called right speech. Clear, truthful, uplifting and non-harmful communication.

4.      Samma-Kammanta — Integral Action. Also called right action. An ethical foundation for life based on the principle of non-exploitation of oneself and others. The five precepts.

5.      Samma-Ajiva — Proper Livelihood. Also called right livelihood. This is a livelihood based on correct action the ethical principal of non-exploitation. The basis of an Ideal society.

6.      Samma-Vayama —  Complete or Full Effort, Energy or Vitality. Also called right effort or diligence.  Consciously directing our life energy to the transformative path of creative and healing action that fosters wholeness. Conscious evolution.

7.      Samma-Sati —  Complete or Thorough Awareness. Also called "right mindfulness". Developing awareness, "if you hold yourself dear watch yourself well". Levels of Awareness and mindfulness - of things,  oneself, feelings, thought, people and Reality.

8.      Samma-Samadhi — Full, Integral or Holistic Samadhi. This is often translated as concentration,  meditation, absorption or one-pointedness of mind. None of these translations is adequate. Samadhi literally means to be fixed, absorbed in or established at one point, thus the first level         of meaning is concentration when the mind is fixed on a single object. The second level of meaning  goes further and represents the establishment, not just of the mind, but also of the whole being in various levels or modes of consciousness and awareness. This is Samadhi in the sense of  enlightenment or Buddhahood. The word Samma means 'proper', 'whole', 'thorough', 'integral',  'complete', and 'perfect' - related to English 'summit' - It does not necessarily mean 'right',  as opposed to 'wrong'. However it is often translated as "right" which can send a less than  accurate message. For instance the opposite of 'Right Awareness' is not necessarily 'Wrong".   Awareness'. It may simply be incomplete. Use of the word 'right' may make for a neat or consistent list of qualities in translations. The down side is that it can give the impression  that the Path is a narrow and moralistic approach to the spiritual life. I use variant interpretations so you consider the depth of meanings. What do these things mean in your life right now?

-  John Allan   

Are you interested in learning more about Buddhism and Thai Culture?

The Temple is sponsoring a discussion group on Buddhism and Thai Culture. The discussion group meets weekly at Wat Tampa. The purpose of this group is to introduce interested people to the background and history of the Buddhist religion and the relationship between Buddhism and Thai culture. The group is focused on  topics that are of interest to the group.

We are soliciting your input for topics or questions you have. Please use the Contact Us or Feedback links to submit your topics or questions. Your input is greatly appreciated and will be covered during the next Buddha Learning group meeting.

What: Buddha Learning Group - Answers to your questions!
Why: Q&A on Buddhism and Thai Culture

Every Sunday (icluding festivals and holidays) from 11:30 to 12:45

On the second Sunday of each month we generally have a speaker who can address more advance questions.

Where: The Main Temple


On the second Sunday of each month we have a more formal session on Buddhism. A web link to the material will be posted here with any additional information recommended. These sessions will be held between 11:45am and 12:45pm in the Temple. We will continue to answer other questions on the Temple between 11:30am and 11:45am on other Sundays.

For more information, see Tom at the Sunday Market water station or use the Feedback links on this site to ask your questions.

You may want to view the PBS video on Buddhism at http://www.pbs.org/thebuddha/program/.

One of the best resources on Buddhism that have found is at http://buddhanet.net.

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