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Ordination Saturday, March 30, 2019

Posted on March 26, 2019

Espen Nesse will be ordained by Taan Ajaan Geoff on Saturday, March 30th. The head shaving ceremony will begin at 11am at Wat Metta, and the ordination ceremony will begin at 2pm at Wat Bhu (Map). (The above photos are from Taan Chip’s ordination in 2012.)

Songkran Sunday, April 14, 9:00 AM

Posted on March 26, 2019

The Songkran festival, celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year’s Day, falls at the hottest time of the year in Thailand, at the end of the dry season. The term comes from the Sanskrit Sankranta and means “a move or change” — in this case the move of the sun into Aries — Mesha Sankranti. Most importantly, Songkran is a time of renewal, a time for people make resolutions to refrain from unskillful behavior and to cultivate skillful behavior in the year ahead. People celebrating Songkran as a Buddhist festival go to the wat (monastery) to offer food to the monks and listen to the Dhamma. They pay respect to and bless all the monks by gently pouring water mixed with a Thai perfume over their hands.

The alms round will begin at 9:00 AM and the water blessing will begin around 12:30 PM.