Buddhism, Thai Tradition

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.

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

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

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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.

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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.
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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.

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Accepting of the ropes.

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Ajarn Darrell will become his spiritual teacher.

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10 thoughts on “New Year 2011 at Wat Greensboro”

    1. Hi Boonie, it’s a nice temple but I wish we live close so we could visit more often. That’s one thing I missed about Thailand and Laos is to have Wat closer to home.

    1. Hi Geni, thanks for your interest, it’s a Buddhist ceremony and pleasant surprise that the young novice monk is an American, and both his parents are Americans also.

  1. Nye – Way to start off the new year with het boun and tuk bard. My mom and sister went to our local temple that new year day morning as well.

    I’m glad that I had a chance to gone through the monk hood. It wasn’t easy to live that strict life for about a week and half. I was only allowed a meal per day.

    1. Hi seeharhed, it’s a strict rules to follow and definitely not for everyone but a good thing is that you can leave whenever you want. It’s kind of nice to be able to visit Wat on New Year’s Day. It sounds like your mom and sister are devoted Buddhists. 🙂

  2. Hi Nye,

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

    We were also one of them out west. Lucky it was on a Saturday.

    It was also a great day to collect the strings they tie to your wrist while giving you blessings for the new year. I also like the holy water too.

    1. Cambree, it has become a tradition for us now, I’m happy to hear that you guys also visit the temple on New Year’s Day. I like the holy water also, I often tell Lee that it’s a blessing water, it’s especially refreshing in the summer, I guess winter also. 🙂

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