Learning Opportunities at the Wat


2017 Summer School Concludes

Our tenth summer session was certainly special. As much as we like to brag that our classroom feels like it is in Thailand, Mother Nature pushed us into a much hotter climate! It seems that just about every Sunday was over 95 degrees with many days ending well past 100 degrees.

We began the first two class days with over twenty students enrolled. As is usually the case, some students decided the class wasn't a good fit. Others had many unexpected life needs and missed a few classes. But in the end we had thirteen students who satisfactorily completed the course. Their perseverance was astounding. Even in the heat they seemed to accept the challenge and learn their lessons!

We also had many great volunteer teachers pitch in. They each added their own unique approaches to Thai language and culture studies. They really round out the experience and help make our school special. From a few hours here and there to many Sundays committed to two or more hours of solid teaching, that all made our class that much better.

The monastic and lay communities are also an important and essential part of our schools special quality. Each group takes time to interact with students, giving them exposure to more things Thai than they could get anywhere but Thailand! And the lay community also makes sure there is wonderful, delicious, and authentic Thai food for students and teachers to enjoy.

This was truly another great year and we hope to see many old and new students next year! If you like a challenging but rewarding language and culture experience, please consider our class in 2018. Any questions regarding the Thai Language and Culture classes at Wat Sacramento may be answered by email to our school at School at Watsacramento dot Org.

With Metta
Ajarn Nonglug Waldorff
อาจารย์นงลักษณ์ สงวนศิษย์ วอลดอรฟ

Wat Sacramento Buddhavanaram
2017 Summer School — Adult Thai Language Class

The Adult Thai language class studies vocabulary, conversation, grammar, and reading, along with Thai culture, literature, songs and the Buddhist religion.

Class lessons work well for beginning through advanced students. All students study together with extra phonics lessons for new students to be sure pronunciation is correct.

The different student levels work together for better results and understanding, and more fun.

Students also benefit from taking the lessons home and studying on their own. For questions about the weekly lessons, I can be reached by email to assist your learning.

All skill levels are welcome. There are many students who have been in the class for two to three years who help newer students adapt and begin to learn. They readily come back every year to review and polish their Thai skills and they really add to the entire class experience.

We have a very open, friendly classroom with lots of opportunity to learn. We all share knowledge, experiences, and food as friends.

Our class is held outdoors, under a roofed cover without walls, creating a realistic Thai atmosphere. Summer mornings are usually cool to mild, while afternoons can be hot. Dress in layers, keeping in mind the need for modesty at a Buddhist temple.

Please note that the temple and community members are observing the mourning period for the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. All visitors to the temple should wear modest, black, gray, or white clothing.
Proper Attire During Mourning

You can show up on the first day (Currently May 28, 2017) to register between 9:30 and 10:00 AM, see what we have to offer, and complete your application forms then.

Class is held every Sunday from 10 - 2 with a lunch break (delicious, authentic, donated Thai food!).

Ajarn Nonglug Waldorff
อาจารย์นงลักษณ์ สงวนศิษย์ วอลดอรฟ

2017 Summer School Classes are Underway!

We have begun the year as usual with a mix of returning and new students, all with many different reasons for taking these challenging yet rewarding lessons. They all also have a wide range of exposure to Thai language and culture so the opportunity to be generous with knowledge benefits everyone.

It is always great to see so many eager learners. Our first day saw over twenty students. We are also fortunate to have more teachers than ever before. This allows us to adapt and provide more tailored learning opportunities.

Making the effort, showing up and staying focused every Sunday, especially with what has been the unpredictable spring, summer, and fall weather that has already run the gamut from the cool mid 80s the crushing heat of 108 degrees on Father's Day is remarkable! You'll see us shifting our class groups around the temple in the images below trying to escape the heat. You'll also notice how committed each student is - even against this intense weather.

For each of you who have already begun this year's journey - be strong and stay the course - we are so glad to have you here. For those who plan to return and also those who just discovered our school, make sure you get connected and into class before we sail off into the sunset!

2016 Summer School Concludes

This completes our ninth year of Thai Language and Culture classes at Wat Sacramento Buddhavanaram.

We continue to have outstanding support from many different teachers who bring a variety of methods and approaches to our classes, providing a meaningful learning experience to eager students of all skill and experience levels. Our five assisting teachers this year, Ajarn Srinapa, Ajarn Jirapon, Ajarn Penporn, Ajarn Phan, and Ajarn Dudsdeelavan all joined together to make this learning environment valuable and helped our students achieve greater knowledge.

The monks of the temple not only serve as exceptional role models to the Thai community but also demonstrate the calm, committed, mindful face of Buddhism to our students through encounters and ceremonies. They also help the school by preparing the class area and setting up tables and chairs before each class.

This year, we had 18 teaching days and 4 temple event days where students attended or participated in activities and ceremonies. We had, over the course of the session, 27 students sign up, of which 19 earned graduation or participation certificates. Our highest attendance day had 19 students in class! Our attendance chart is full of stars!
Take a look: 2016 Attendance chart
Not only did so many students demonstrate commitment and dedication but they also had many wonderful and encouraging things to say about the entire class experience throughout the year!

We are indebted to the entire community of Wat Sacramento. They eagerly interact with and help students practice and develop language skills and also prepare lots of delicious, authentic Thai food for the students.

For our tenth year in 2017, we look forward to starting a little earlier, with registration and the first class tentatively scheduled for May 28th. Anyone with questions regarding the Thai Language and Culture classes at Wat Sacramento may email our school at School at Watsacramento dot Org.

With Metta
Ajarn Nonglug Waldorff
อาจารย์นงลักษณ์ สงวนศิษย์ วอลดอรฟ




Graduation Day for Bobby. After a long Summer studying with our class at Wat Sacramento, Bobby went on to complete his studies at Sac State. His family is certainly very proud and so are we.


2016 Adult Thai Language & Culture class ~ Graduation Day!


Students and Teachers from the 2016 Adult Thai Language and Culture class, along with our special guest, author Elaine Russell (holding her book), gather for the last picture of the year.

See our students Graduation!


Adult Thai Language Class meets the Abbot ~ Sunday, July 10th, 2016

As is our tradition, the students of the 2016 class met with Phra Khru Sangkarak Chalerm Suthero, Abbot of Wat Sacramento Buddhavanaram, after lunch. The students take this opportunity to introduce themselves to the Abbot and express their appreciation for the temple's support of the class. Incense, candles and flowers (representing the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Noble Sangha) are offered by each student and the teachers.

See our gallery here.


Adult Thai Language Class ~ First Day of School ~ 2016

Adult Thai Language class meets the Abbot (2015)

It is a tradition for students of our Thai Language and Culture classes to acknowledge the relationship between the temple and school in a special ceremony where they pay respect to the Abbot and express their appreciation for the support the school receives.


Students from the 2015 Adult Language and Culture class met with the Abbot on July 12th. For many this was their first opportunity to participate in a formal setting, both to introduce themselves and to express their appreciation for the school. A short gallery of images from this visit are available here: Gallery


2015 Adult Thai Language & Culture class ~ Graduation Day!


Students from the 2015 Adult Thai Language and Culture class take a break from their hard work on the last day of class to pose with their dedicated Ajarns!

See more of our class [here].

See our students Graduation!

Thai Language Classes at Wat Sacramento

In the Summer of 2008, Wat Sacramento began offering Thai language and culture classes during the summer months from July through September.

The free, four-hour classes start promptly at 10:00 A.M. every Sunday.

These weekly classes in Thai Language and Culture recall the style and atmosphere of Thailand.

The Adult Thai language program, consisting of detailed Thai language sessions for students of all levels, provides an excellent opportunity to begin exploring Thai or strengthen existing language skills.

Our classes have been popular for the past nine years and we are anxious to begin again this year. An image gallery from previous years is available [ GALLERY ] if you'd like to see our activities through the past years.

If you are interested in attending these classes please contact the Abbot of Wat Sacramento at (916) 925-1579.

You may also email questions about our class and the Summer session to
School at Watsacramento dot Org