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WAT PHRASRIRATANAMAHADHATU (The Buddhist Temple)

Wat Phrasriratanamahadhatu, a Theravada Buddhist temple, was founded in 1992 under the religious law of the state of Illinois by the Thai, Laotian and Cambodian communities in Chicago and other cities in Illinois and nearby states under the leadership of Venerable Ratana Thongkrajai. The temple is located at 4735 N. Magnolia Ave. Chicago, IL 60640.

1. Objectives of the temple are as follows :

  • To propagate and promote the teachings of the Buddha.
  • To fulfill 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 Chicago and surrounding areas
  • To organize religious ceremonies and activities.

2. Monks Daily Routine. The schedule of monks daily routine at Wat Phrasriratanamahadhatu is as follows

  • 5.00 A.M. Morning chanting and meditation practice.
  • 7.00 A.M. Breakfast.
  • 11.00 A.M. Lunch.
  • 1 - 4.00 P.M. Any particular works : counselling, preaching, holding talks and discussions on Dhamma in Buddhism, meditation,printing journal or booklet and so on.
  • 5.00 P.M. Evening chanting and meditation practice.

3. Religious Ceremonies, Activities and Services.

A number of annual fastival and ceremonies are held and celebrated regularly on a much larger scale for Buddhist Holydays and other traditional holydays.

  • Buddhist Holydays Ceremonies
    • Maghapuja Day : on the fullmoon day of the third lunar month (usually in the middle of February) in commemoration of the Great Assembly of Buddhas disciples.
    • Visakhapuja Day : on the fullmoon day of the sixth lunar month (usually in the middle or towards the end of May) in commemoration of the Birth, the Enlightenment and the Passing Away of the Buddha.
    • Asalhapuja Day : on the fullmoon day of the eighth lunar month (usually in the middle or towards the end of July) in commemoration of the Buddhas first sermon.
    • Vassa Observance : the beginning of Buddhist rainy-retreat on the day following the Asalhapuja Day.
    • Vassa-Ending Day : the end of Buddhist rainy-retreat on the fullmoon day of the eleventh month (usually in the middle or towards the end of October).
  • Other Special Festivals
    • New Year Festival : on the first day of January.
    • The Songkran Festival or The Water Splashing Festival (Thai Traditional New Years Day) : on April 13.
    • Sard Ceremony (The Ceremony of Merit-Transferance to the dead) : on the new moon day of the tenth lunar month (usually in September) to transfer merit to the departed people.
    • The Kathin 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).
    • Vassa-Ending Day : the end of Buddhist rainy-retreat on the fullmoon day of the eleventh month (usually in the middle or towards the end of October).
  • The Monthly Meditation Retreat Program
  • Wat Phrasriratanamahadhatu provides Buddhist studies and meditation retreat to those who are interested in Buddhism and meditation training. The Monthly Meditation Retreat Program is held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the first week of every month. All instructions and talks are both in English and Thai.

  • The Thai Language, Asian Culture and Buddhism for Children and Teenagers Programs
  • Wat Phrasriratanamahadhatu provides classes in the Thai language, Asian culture and Buddhism for children and teenagers on every Saturday.

  • The Current Activities
  • Wat Phrasriratanamahadhatu has arranged many kinds of activities and services to the public. There are two daily sessions of chanting and meditation at 5 A.M. in the morning and at 5 P.M. in the evening. Those who are interested in them are cordially welcome. On every Saturday and Sunday Dhamma talks and discussions are arranged for those interested in learning more about Buddhism and its philosophy. The provision of aids and facilities for people in performing religious rites and holding merit making is available. Other activities include Dhamma book service and the distribution of free Dhamma tapes. A monthly journal or booklet, called Dharma ThassanaE is also published and distributed free of charge.

    Wat Phrasriratanamahadhatu is open to the public daily from 8.00 A.M. to 6.00 P.M. All are welcome to visit. If you need more information about the temple, its activities and services, please write or call : (773) 784-0257, 907-0554.

 
 

 

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