Our temple is a center for Buddhist and those interested in Thai culture to meet and explore.
We offer you a place where your knowledge can grow and you can focus on a way of life and living that leads to greater understanding and achievement along the Lord Buddha's great path.
Asalha Puja, marking the origination of the continuous Buddhist teaching we follow today, is an excellent opportunity for the lay community to become more engaged in that teaching. It was on this day the Buddha first taught the central tenets of The Dhamma to the five monks who became the first Sangha. That first teaching in the Deer Park at Benares, the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, is known as Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion. This Sutta contains the essence of the Noble Eightfold Path, the Four Noble Truths, and the guidance necessary to follow the middle way realized by the Tathāgata and should be carefully studied and understood by all devout Buddhists. It was at this moment in Buddhism when all three elements of the Triple Gem were brought together: the compassionate and fully enlightened Buddha, the Dhamma or teachings he had realized, and the Noble Arya-Sangha. Asalha Puja is a day to recognize the ever-present Dhamma that offers salvation and ultimate freedom from the endless cycle of Samsara.
Khao Phansa (Buddhist Lent), usually observed the day after Asalha Puja, begins the Rains Retreat for Buddhist monks and those of the lay community who take temporary ordination in order to remain at the temple and gain training and merit there. The Rains Retreat is a time devoted to study and meditation.
We hope you will join our community at Wat Sacramento Buddhavanaram in observing Asalha Puja & Khao Phansa.
|9:00 A.M.|| |
Temple gates open
|9:30 A.M.|| |
Uposatha participants take the Eight Precepts inside temple
|10:00 A.M.|| |
Khao Phansa Vassa Candle Making Ceremony with Monks chanting Jaya Mangala Sutta
|10:15 A.M.|| |
|10:30 A.M.|| |
Meal offering to the monks inside the temple
|11:00 A.M.|| |
Lay community shares lunch meal
|12:00 P.M.|| |
Religious ceremony honoring ancestors, lay community requests the Five Precepts, Phapa ceremony, monks chanting, Rains Cloth Offering, Vien Tien candlelight procession
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Uposatha participants may practice sitting and walking meditation, and listen to Dhamma talks until 4:00 P.M.
Please Note: This schedule is subject to change.
The Middle Way realized by the Tathāgata — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding.
Yo dhammam desesi
The Buddha has pointed out the way:
excellent in the beginning,
excellent in the middle,
and excellent in the end.
He from whom a person learns the Dhamma should be venerated, as the devas venerate Inda, their Lord. He, (a teacher) of great learning, thus venerated, will explain the Dhamma, being well-disposed towards one. Having paid attention and considered it, a wise man, practicing according to Dhamma, becomes learned, intelligent and accomplished by associating himself diligently with such a teacher.
But by following an inferior and foolish teacher who has not gained (fine) understanding of the Dhamma and is envious of others, one will approach death without comprehending the Dhamma and unrelieved of doubt.
If a man going down into a river, swollen and swiftly flowing, is carried away by the current — how can he help others across?
Even so, he who has not comprehended the Dhamma, has not paid attention to the meaning as expounded by the learned, being himself without knowledge and unrelieved of doubt — how can he make others understand?
But if (the man at the river) knows the method and is skilled and wise, by boarding a strong boat equipped with oars and a rudder, he can, with its help, set others across. Even so, he who is experienced and has a well-trained mind, who is learned and dependable, clearly knowing, he can help others to understand who are willing to listen and ready to receive.
Surely, therefore, one should associate with a good man who is wise and learned. By understanding the meaning of what one has learned and practicing accordingly one who has Dhamma-experience attains (supreme) happiness.
Sutta Nipata — v 316-323
"The Discourse Collection: Selected Texts from the Sutta Nipata", by John D. Ireland.
Access to Insight (BCBS Edition), 30 November 2013, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/ireland/wheel082.html
Monks, when a monk becomes entirely dispassionate towards one thing, when his lust for it entirely fades away, when he is entirely liberated from it, when he sees the complete ending of it, then he is one who, after fully comprehending the Goal, makes an end of suffering here and now.
What one thing? "All beings subsist by nutriment." When a monk becomes entirely dispassionate towards this one thing (nutriment), when his lust for it entirely fades away, when he is entirely liberated from it, and when he sees the complete ending of it, then, O monks, he is one who, after fully comprehending the Goal, makes an end of suffering here and now.
Anguttara Nikaya 10.27
Deep is this dependent co-arising, and deep its appearance. It's because of not understanding and not penetrating this Dhamma that this generation is like a tangled skein, a knotted ball of string, like matted rushes and reeds, and does not go beyond transmigration, beyond the planes of deprivation, woe, and bad destinations.
They go to many a refuge,
to mountains, forests,
parks, trees, and shrines:
people threatened with danger.
That’s not the secure refuge,
that’s not the supreme refuge,
that’s not the refuge,
having gone to which,
you gain release
from all suffering and stress.
But when, having gone for refuge
to the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha,
you see with right discernment
the four noble truths—
the cause of stress,
the transcending of stress,
and the noble eightfold path,
the way to the stilling of stress:
That’s the secure refuge,
that, the supreme refuge,
that is the refuge,
having gone to which,
you gain release
from all suffering and stress.
• To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas. [Dhp 183]
• Not despising, not harming, restraint according to the code of monastic discipline, moderation in food, dwelling in solitude, devotion to meditation — this is the teaching of the Buddhas. [Dhp 185]
If each and every day you are able to consider every one of these principles, your strength as a Buddhist warrior and your prosperity will continue to grow!
Nibbaana sacchikiriya ca etammangalamuttamam
Endeavoring for the realization of Nibbaana is the highest blessing
Abiding. Taking note of how we are and what we experience, just as it is, as we follow this Noble Path.
Be aware of each moment. Commit to being aware. Don't just expect awareness to happen.
With awareness, there will be reaction. This is where we are right now. We are connected to our experiences - we have yet to let go. Wrap your reaction according to its proper place.
Everything has a place within the sublime attitudes: immeasurable goodwill, immeasurable compassion, immeasurable appreciation, and immeasurable equanimity. Prepare to do battle with the unwholesome alternatives to this Sublime Abiding.The Sublime Attitudes
The Royal Thai Consulate - General, Los Angeles, is sponsoring an excellent program that will provide 2nd generation Thai Americans with the opportunity to work as a volunteer in Thailand. Please check the consulate website for additional information.
Thai American Friendship Project
[Please note: This link will display the consulate article in Thai but there is an English version available by clicking the Eng tool in the upper-right corner of the article page.]