We celebrated the 31st Anniversary Celebration of Wat Greensboro Buddhist Center in Greensboro, North Carolina last Sunday, March 19, 2017. Back in the 80s, we had a very small Buddhist community in this area. We fled from our war-torn countries, some immigrated from Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. The Thai community was small in the 80s. We couldn’t speak each other’s languages but what we have in common is the belief of the Buddhist teachings. The original founders rented a house for 2 years, then purchased this place 31 years ago. We are fortunate to have Ven. Phramaha Somsak Sambimb as the temple abbot that fluently speaks Khmer, Thai and English. Wat Greensboro welcomes members, visitors, and educators that seek to practice and learn more about the Buddhist teachings.
We have generous members that donated to the temple building fund. We recently had a new roof installed last year, a new carport for the holiday events’ vendors installed this year, the paving is a work in progress.
We have completed the men and women’s bathrooms project on January 1, 2017.
We have volunteers that help make these projects possible and also help cleaning up the temple ground on the weekends. The temple sits on a 10 arcs lot and during the clean up the crew members found an old Spirit house that has been hidden from view of the overgrown bamboo trees. We are thankful for all the work that they have done for the temple and their dedications to make Wat Greensboro great again.
The 31st Anniversary service was held in the Buddha’s room.
The foods prepared for the monks.
Money offering to the temple and monks.
Ven. Phramaha Somsak Sambimb giving the sermon.
Pouring water merit making ceremony.
Offering foods to the monks.
We have young dancers practicing for the upcoming Songkran event in April, looking forward to seeing them perform.
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Congrats on the temple’s 31st anniversary. It’s nice to see the community can come together and accomplish so much. And also nice to see the younger generation showing interest on our religion and culture too.
Last year was the first year that they came together, and still going strong. It’s too bad that I live so far away and couldn’t help much with the cleaning projects except taking photos at events and blogging about it.
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