Wat Phrabuddhivongsamunee , a Theravada Buddhist temple, was founed in 2002 under the religious laws of the State of California by the Laotian, Thai and Cambodian communities in Northern California under the leadership of Venerable Sombun Laxsanaamporn, head monk of the temple. There are currently 7 monks and the temple resides on a quite 5 acre parcel of farmland just North of Eight mile road off Interstate 5.
Objectives of the temple:
- To propagate and promote the teaching of the Lord Buddha
- To fullfill the spiritual needs of the Buddhists and other groups of people
- To assist and promote educational and cultural activities in Thai, Laotian and Cambodian communities in Northern California
- To organize religios ceremonies and activities
Monks Daily Routine:
- 5.00 A.M. Morning chanting and meditation practice.
- 7.00 A.m. Breakfast.
- 8.00-10.30 A.M. Monks take their time for Buddhist study and their own duty
- 11.00 A.M. Lunch time for the monks ( there are no more meals until the next morning, monks allow to drink milk , water and fruit juice ).
- 1.P.M. -4.00 P.M. Any particular works such as counseling, preaching, holding talks and discussion on Dhamma in Buddhism, meditation , taking class for students in high schools and collages in Stockton, Modesto.
- 5.30 P.M. Evening chanting and meditation pracetice.
Buddhist Holydays Ceremonies
- Maghapuja Day: On the full moon day of the third lunar month (usually in the middle of February ) in commemoration of the Great Assemble of Buddha disciplines.
- Visakhapuja Day: On the full moon day of the sixth lunar month (usually in the middle or towards the end of May) in commemoration of the Birth, the Enlightenment and Passing Away of the Buddha.
- Asalhapuja Day: On the full moon day of the eight lunar month (usually in the middle or towards the end of July) in commemoration of the Buddha''s first sermon at deer park, Saranarth India.
- Vassa Observance: The beginning of Buddhist rainy-retreat on the day following the Aslhapuja Day.
- Vassa Ending Day: The end of Buddhist rainy-retreat on the full moon day of the eleventh month (usually in the middle or toward the end of October).
- New Year Festival: On the first day of January in each year.
- Songkran Festival or the Water Splashing Festival ( Southeast Asian New Year for Thai, Lao and Cambodian) this festival will start form April 13-15 in each year in Thailand, Lao and Cambodia.
- Sard Ceremony: ( The ceremony of merit-transference to the dead): On the new moon day of the tenth lunar month (usually in September) to transfer merit to the departed people.
- Kathina Festival (Robe-Presentation Ceremony): On any day during one month following Vassa -Ending Day to present robes to the monks who have completed the Rains Residence (Retreat). note : this ceremony can have only one time a year and ceremony should be performed within the end of November .
The Monthly Meditation Retreat Program
Wat Phrabuddhivongsamunee provides Buddhist studies and meditation retreat to those who are interested in Buddhism and meditation training. The monthly Meditation Retreat Program in held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the first week of every month. All instructions and talks are both in English and Thai.
More information about Meditation Retreat
Please, call Ajarn Sinyen 209-473-7566 or e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
The Current Activities
Wat Phrabuddhivongsamunee, there are two daily session of chanting and meditation at 5 A.M. in the morning and 5.30 P.M. in the evening. Anyone interested welcome . On every Saturday and Sunday Dhamma talks and discussion are arranged for those interested in learning more about Buddhism and its philosophy.
Direction to The Temple
Wat Phrabuddhivongsamunee is located in the farmland between eight mile road and highway 12 off Thornton Road in Stockton CA.
- From Suisun City or Fairfield take Highway 12 toward Lodi / Stockton / Rio Vista. Stay on Highway 12 , about 39 miles until you come to Interstate 5. Go under I-5 and turn right on Thornton Road. You can take a right onto I-5 heading toward LA then exit at Eight Miles Road off I -5 . Take left on Eight Mile Road (away form the shopping mall). About 1/2 mile up you will see Thornton Road, take a lfet and the temple is 1/4 mile on the left.
- From I-5 take the Eight Mile Road exit. Head away from the shopping mall and turn right onto Thornton Road. The temple is about a 1/4 mile up on the left. There are Dhamma Flags in front of the temple. There is a sigh that shows the address of 11253 and 11265.
More information Call the Abbot: Sombun Laxsanaamporn 209-244-8463
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