Thai New Year Festival (Songkran)

Songkran in Wat Pah Pong and Wat Pah Nanachat 2562 (2019)

The tradition of pouring water over the hands of senior monks and elder people on Songkran day (Thai new year) is a beautiful gesture of respect maintained in the northeastern culture. On April 12, 2019 the Sangha of Wat Pah Nanachat went over to pay hommage to Luang Por Liem at Wat Nong Pah Pong, who received a stream of water over his hands coming down from two wooden naga-sculptures that cannel the water the disciples offer.

The tradition of pouring water over the hands of senior monks and elder people on Songkran day (Thai new year) is a beautiful gesture of respect maintained in the northeastern culture. On April 12, 2019 the Sangha of Wat Pah Nanachat went over to pay hommage to Luang Por Liem at Wat Nong Pah Pong, who received a stream of water over his hands coming down from two wooden naga-sculptures that cannel the water the disciples offer.

In Wat Pah Nanachat the laypeople provide a full shower to the monks, novices and pakaos. With great joy they pour water from outside into the shielded-off bathing area, where the male disciples soap and rinse the Sangha.

In Wat Pah Nanachat the laypeople provide a full shower to the monks, novices and pakaos. With great joy they pour water from outside into the shielded-off bathing area, where the male disciples soap and rinse the Sangha.

In the main Sala the monks and novices give a new years blessing.

In the main Sala the monks and novices give a new years blessing.

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Meditating and Chanting into New Year 2019/2562

On Dec 31st, 2018 in the open area of Wat Pah Nanachat’s Sima-Stones ,the Sangha and lay-community of Wat Pah Nanachat gathered to do chanting together and practice silently, doing sitting and walking meditation into the new year 2019 (or 2562 Buddhist Era). Not only did these auspicious practises reach the hearts of many sentient beings, but they were meant to bless the site for beginning the construction of the new ordination hall (“Uposatha Hall” or “Bot”) of Wat Pah Nanachat in 2019.


Paying Respects to Phra That Phanom Dec 10th, 2018

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On the occasion of Ajahn Kevalis 50th Birthday, he and three monastic friends that also turned 50 in 2018 (Phrakhru Subbatapunnathada, Phrakhru Sangharak Sawaeng and Tan Ajahn Parivat) took the Sangha and the lay-community of Wat Pah Nanachat to pay respects, and meditate at Phra That Phanom Chedi in Nakhorn Phanom Province.

On the occasion of Ajahn Kevalis 50th Birthday, he and three monastic friends that also turned 50 in 2018 (Phrakhru Subbatapunnathada, Phrakhru Sangharak Sawaeng and Tan Ajahn Parivat) took the Sangha and the lay-community of Wat Pah Nanachat to pay respects, and meditate at Phra That Phanom Chedi in Nakhorn Phanom Province.


Walking over to Wat Nong Pah Pong

On September 10, 2018 a group of monks, novices and anagarikas went on foot over to Wat Nong Pah Pong to take part in the monastic practice-week that Luang Por Liem offers to his disciples every year. The walk from Wat Pah Nanachat (Bung Wai Village) to Wat Nong Pah Pong (Bahn Gor/Bahn Glang Village) takes about an hour and a half. Before Wat Pah Nanachat was founded, Luang Por Liem and Luang Por Sumedho at times went on almsround in Bung Wai, coming from Wat Nong Pah Pong, as already then many of the Bung Wai villagers had great faith in Luang Por Chah and were practising regularly in Wat Nong Pah Pong.

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Receiving Royal Gift of Pali Canon at Wat Pah Nanachat

On September 3rd, 2018, the set of 80 volumes of the Sajjhaya Edition of the Pali Tipitaka - the Buddhist Pali Canon noted in a specific way that facilitates recitation and a precise pronunciation of the Pali language - were brought to Wat Pah Nanachat in a procession lead by the gouvernor of Ubon Rachathani with Phra Thepvarajahn, the head of the Ubon Sangha administration, presiding over the ceremony. On June 10th, 2018 Ajahn Kevali had the honour to receive the Royal offering of this Tipitaka in the name of of HM King Vajiralongkorn by HH Sangharaja in Wat Rajabopit, Bangkok. 


Paying Respects Entering the Rains Retreat 2561 (2018)

As it is tradition since the times of Ajahn Chah, the monks intending to spend the rains-retreat (pansah) together begin the retreat by paying homage to their teachers and the senior monks in the area.

This year the sangha of Wat Pah Nanachat went to offer their respects to Ven. Thepvorajahn  (head of the Ubon Sangha administration), Ven Seeratanobon (head of Warin district), Ven. Phrakhru Sudhhammaprasut (head of the Bung Wai-Sangha), Luang Por See Sirinyano (the most senior disciple of Ven Ajahn Chah, Wat Pah Sirimongkon), Luang Por Liem (the abbot of Wat Nong Pah Pong and preceptor to most of the Wat Pah Nanachat monks), Luang Por Chuh (Wat Wana Bodhinyan), Luang Por Vituhn (Wat Tham Saeng Phet), Luang Por Khun (Wat Pah Bhoseesuvann), Luang Por Anek (Wat Pah Sai Ngam) and Luang Por Damrong (Wat Pah Nam Kam Goeng).


Tipitaka Offering at Wat Rajbopit

On June 10th, 2018 Wat Pah Nanachat had the honour to receive the royal gift of a set of the Pali Tipitaka printed by the World Tipitaka Foundation in a special notation facilitating the recitation of the scriptures. It was handed to Ajahn Kevali by HH 20th Sangharaja of Thailand, Somdet Ariyavamsakatanyan, at the temple of his residence, Wat Rajbopit in Bangkok.


Visaka Puja All Night Practice

Visakha Puja is the full moon month of May, where Buddhists all over the world commemorate the day the Buddha's birth in Lumbini, his full awakening under the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, and the final giving up of his body aged 80 in Kusinara, the "parinibbana", the ending of his last life. It has become an in-house tradition at Wat Pah Nanachat to spend the night of Visakha Puja meditating, chanting, and reading out key passages from the Pali Canon in Thai and in English, bringing to mind these three important events in the life of the Buddha.

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