Two new novices at Wat Pah Nanachat

On Mother’s Day in Thailand (July 28) , the Sangha of Wat Pah Nanachat welcomed two new novices to join monastic life. Anagarika Evgeney from Russia and Anagarika Carlos from Portugal received Pabbajja, the “Going Forth” early in the morning.


HM King Vajiralongkorn offers Royal Titles to Seniour Monks

On July 28, 2019 HM King of Thailand kindly bestowed high honours on Luang Por Sumdeho, Luang Por Pasanno, Luang Por Amaro, and Luang Por Jayasaro by granting them ecclesiastical titels (or “Jaokhun”-tiles), with the royal names of Phra Thepnyanavithet for Luang Por Sumedho, Phra Rachabodhiviteht for Luang Por Pasanno, Phra Rachabuddhivorakhun for Luang Por Amaro, and Phra Rachabajramahnit for Luang Por Jayasaro. The Royal Offering of the respective cereminal fans, triple robes and certificates was held at the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

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The Sangha of Wat Pah Nanachat would like to wholeheartedly express their joy on this auspicious occasion. The monks, novices and laypeople at the monastery felt honoured to be able to receive two of the new “Jaokhuns”, Phra Rachabuddhivorakhun (Luang Por Amaro) and Phra Rachabajramahnit (Luang Por Jayasaro) at Wat Pah Nanachat on July 30th, and pay respects to them together, including in their hearts Luang Por Sumedho and Luang Por Pasanno, who unfortunately weren’t able to join the ceremonies.

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Paying Respects to Sangha-Elders and Teachers - Rains Retreat 2562

At the beginning of the Rains-Retreat (“Pansah”) each year the Sangha of Wat Pah Nanachat seeks the blessings of the senior monks of Ubon Rachathani Province, and receives teachings from them about practice and the proper conduct as a monk.


Determining to spend the Rains-Retreat

On the first day of the waning moon after Asalha-Puja Day, the monks determine to spend the three months of the rainy season (“vassa”, or “pansah”) in the monastery without travelling unless there is a suitable reason. For the vassa of 2562 (2019) there are 23 monks and 6 novices in Wat Pah Nanachat.

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Paying-Respects in Mukdahan, Nakorn Phanom and Sakon Nakorn

On July 11th, 2019, Wat Pah Nanachat went on a day-trip to pay respects to the Chedi of Mae Chee Kaeo in Mukdahan, Phra That Phanom in Nakorn Phanom, Luang Poo Awahn in Wat Nak Nimit, Sakon Nakorn, sit meditation at Luang Poo Mun’s Kuti there, and bow to Luang Poo Baen in Wat Doi Thammachedi, Sakon Nakorn.


New Monks at Wat Pah Nanachat

Early in the morning of July 9th, 2019, Luang Por Liem presided over the ordination of Ven Visuddho Bhikkhu (Australia), Ven Samangiko Bhikkhu (UK), Ven Utthano Bhikkhu (Indonesia), Ven Caranadhammo Bhikkhu (UK) and Ven Indavamso Bhikkhu (Thai) at Wat Pah Pong. After the ceremony the Wat Pah Nanachat Sangha usually gathers in Luang Por Chah’s Chedi for some auspicious chanting and meditation.

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Meditation Practice in Honour of HM King of Thailand

Leading up to the Royal Coronation of HM King Rama X of Thailand, from April 30th until May 4th, 2019, Wat Pah Nanachat offered silent practice periods all through the day, starting from 3:30 am until 9 pm. The program ended with all night practice on May 3rd and auspicious chants at 10:09 am on May 4th, when the coronation ceremonies in Bangkok took place.


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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