Phapa Presentation at Wat Greensboro

Today was Phapa Presentation at our local temple Wat Greensboro.  It is the day of presentation of the Forest Robe to the monks and also giving donation to support the temple.  Our Wat is in the process of expanding and the first project is to build the bathrooms for members and visitors. The next project will be the kitchen and new worship hall.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/400sec, ISO 800, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

We had a good turnout and it’s so nice to see the community coming together.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/5.6, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

I think our hearts are in the right place and with today’s donation the temple will start building the bathroom as early as next week.  Maetou Sorn was the host for Ton Phapa samakee (community money tree), and her money tree raised over $1,000. Many families brought in their own money trees and when we left they were still counting the last money tree.  Some donations are in Thai Baht, and came all the way from Thailand.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/5.6, 1/50sec, ISO 400, focal length 149mm, evaluative metering

Thon Phapa (money tree) started out with empty branches, and people help hung their donations on the tree.  In this case money does grow on trees.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 400, focal length 131mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/5.6, 1/160sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/5.6, 1/80sec, ISO 400, focal length 94mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/5.6, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

Long line for morning Alms giving.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/5.6, 1/4000sec, ISO 1600, focal length 27mm, evaluative metering

My dad helped sorting out items from the Alms bowls.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/8, 1/4000sec, ISO 3200, focal length 87mm, evaluative metering

The temple hung banners that tell the story of Buddhism.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/60sec, ISO 1600, focal length 17mm, evaluative metering

Offering flowers for the Big Buddha Mantle.

Phramaha Somsak Sambimb is the Abbot for Wat Greensboro , he is known for his great sermons.

We brought foods from home for meal offering to the monks.

We had about 30 minutes break while the monks eat their meal. There are many vendors selling foods, fruits, vegetables and souvenir items.

I didn’t do a video this time and only photos.

These are from the temple fruit trees.  They are not ready to harvest but that didn’t stop people from picking and tasting.

These is Ton Kathun in Lao, Putsar in Thai, and Chinese dates or jujube in English.

There was a local live band playing, and luckily the sun came out in the afternoon.

People shared meal after the monks finished eating.  It is considered lucky to eat the same meal as the monks.

The presentation of Thon Phapa or the money trees was in the afternoon.  I’m so happy to see such gathering and the community coming together to help build the temple.

I will add exif data when I have more time.

8 thoughts on “Phapa Presentation at Wat Greensboro

    • Thanks Geni, this is a small event at our temple but since the temple is raising money for the bathroom we had a good turnout. I was worry about not having anything new to photograph and when I got there I realized that each event has its own story to tell. And so is this one. 🙂

  1. I’m really glad to hear that the temple has many people supporting and developing for the asians community in your area. Bathroom is the most essential for visitors to the temple. I wish Wat Lao in D.C would do the same. That portal party that they have are so discussing I would have thought with all the money they made they would at least build a decent bathroom for visitors. I noticed there are more vendors their now selling more stuffs that is so great to raise more money for the temple. The persimmon fruits looked so healthy hope by fall they are ready to be pick and sell.

    • salalao, I don’t think the temple collect money from the vendors, it is what ever they want to donate and most have been very generous. I spent all my money on the fresh fruits from FL, I have to bring more the next time. I agree with you that the temple in DC could do better in terms of the bathroom. I’ve always used the one in the worship hall, not the cleanest but a lot better than the portal one. Our temple is very small and nothing compare to the one in DC but it feels more like a home temple to us. In this case beauty is not on the outside, but seeing from within.

  2. The rambutan (red fruit with soft spikes)… did it taste as good as it look? The inside is like lychee and longon fruit. If I was there I would go straight for the fruit vendors too. 🙂

    Also nice to see the community come together, especially when money is tight for most people these days. I hope they get enough to complete the projects.

    • Hi Cambree, this is a long term project and when we left they have raised over $7000 and there was still one big money tree left. I think they might have gotten around $9000 total. This will be enough to get started on the project. We’ll help with the manual labor also, I think we’ll be painting.

      The rumbutan was good, I bought a box (I think 5 lbs) and it was $25. It’s kind of expensive but you don’t see them around often. Bo and my sister bought longon fruit, so we get to try all of them. 🙂

  3. I’ve been reading “Buddhism Inter”. Thanks for uploading all these photo reports on events at Wat Greensboro. I no longer live in the area, but used to visit the temple often for several years, and miss the monks and all the wonderful people there. Please keep it up for we friends of the Wat who can no longer visit. Blessings to you, and good luck on the fundraising for expansions!

    • Hi Shufei, thank you for your visit and comment, Wat Greensboro has been our family temple for over 10 years and I’m excited that the expansion is finally on its way. I hope you will get to visit the temple again in the near future. 🙂

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