The Ordination Hall Pattasima Ceremony and
The Celebration of Wat Nawamintarachutis
To Honor HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Great Rama IX
On the 60th Anniversary of HM Accession to the Throne, June 9, 2006
Date: June 11-15, 2014
A collaboration of Wat Nawamintararachutis,
The Council of Thai Bhikkhus in the USA, and
Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University
Program
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
International Buddhist Seminar
6:00 AM Morning chanting
7:00 AM Offering of breakfast to the monks
8:00 AM Registration
8:39 AM Phrakru Siriatthavides (Phramaha Thanat Atthacharee, Ph.D.), the Secretary-General of the Council of Thai Bhikkhus, moderates the meeting.
9:00 AM Opening remarks by the chairman of the ceremony
9:30 AM Special lecture: “Buddhists and Buddhism Studies” by Prof. B.N. Hebbar, Ph.D., D.D., D.Litt., George Washington University
10:30 AM Recess and group picture
11:00 AM Offering of lunch to the monks and lunch for congregation
Afternoon Panel Session (3 Groups)
(1) Education Group (2) Management Group (3) Social Work Group
2:00 PM Special interest group seminars
4:00 PM Group leaders present results of the seminar
5:00 PM Closing ceremony
6:00 PM Evening chanting
Thursday, June 12, 2014 – Day 1
Annual Meeting of the Council of the Thai Bhikkhus in USA # 38th/2014
6:00 AM Morning chanting
7:00 AM Offering of breakfast to the monks
8:00 AM Registration
8:30 AM Dhamma walk by the monks
8:45 AM Phrakru Siriatthavides (Phramaha Thanat Atthacharee, Ph.D.), the Secretary-General of the Council of Thai Bhikkhus moderates the meeting.
9:00 AM – The Sangha chairman of the ceremony lights candles and incense sticks to pay homage to the Triple Gem
– Phra Promwachirayan, the President of the construction project of Wat Nawamintararachutis delivers a welcome remark.
– Chairman of the laypeople presents a report.
– Chairman Richard Schiavo, Chairman of Raynham Board of Selectmen delivers a welcome speech and accepts a token of appreciation.
– Phra Rajbuddhividej, the president of the Council of Thai Bhikkhus in USA presents a report.
– The Sangha chairman delivers speech and opening remarks for the annual meeting of the Council of Thai Bhikkhus in USA # 38th/2014.
– H.E. Mr. Vijavat Isarabhakdi, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States of America delivers a speech and receives a token of appreciation.
– Phrakru Siriatthavides, Secretary-General of the Council of Thai Bhikkhus introduces participants from each temple.
10:30 AM Group picture
11:00 AM Offering of Lunch to monks
12:00 PM Recess and coffee break
1:00 PM Afternoon session
– Phra Rajbuddhivides, the President of the Council of the Thai Bhikkhus in the USA – the Council chairman, moderates the meeting.
– The Director of the Office of the National Buddhism in Thailand offers his perspective (20 minutes)
– The Representative from Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya Buddhist University offers his perspective (20 minutes)
– The representative of Buddhist Missionaries from Europe, Oceania and the Americas offer their perspectives (10 minutes each)
Continuation of the meeting
4:30 PM Recess and offering of beverages (Nam Pana)
5:00 PM Evening Chanting
7:00 PM Continuation of the evening meeting
10:00 PM Meeting adjourn
Friday, June 13, 2014 – Day 2
Annual Meeting of the Council of the Thai Bhikkhus in USA # 38th/2014
6:00 AM Morning chanting
7:00 AM Offering of breakfast to the monks
9:00 AM Meeting agenda continues
10:30 AM Recess and coffee break
11:00 AM Offering of lunch to the monks
1:00 PM Afternoon meeting continues
4:00 PM Election of the 2014-2016 Council’s Board of Directors and “Tod Pha Pa” fundraising
5:00 PM Closing
6:00 PM Evening chanting
Saturday June 14, 2014
The Ordination Hall Pattasima Ceremony & Celebration of Wat Nawamintarachutis
6:00 AM Morning chanting
7:00 AM Offering of breakfast to the monks
9:39 AM 109 monks march for alms offering
11:00 AM Offering of lunch to the monks and lunch for congregation
12:30 PM Monks and congregation gather in the ceremony area
1:30 PM Dhamma Talk by Dr. Phra Prombandit, Abbot of Wat Prayurawongsawat, member of the Secretariat to the Executive Committee for the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, Rector of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University
2:00 PM Phra Promwchirayan, Member of the Thai Sangha Supreme Council in USA, Abbot of Wat Yannawa, President of Sangha Group lights candles and incense sticks in honor of the Triple Gem.
Mr. Rasmee Chittham, Consul General of The Royal Thai Consulate General in New York presents a report on the festivities.
3:00 PM H.E. Mr. Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States of America, President of Congregation begins the delivery ceremony of ordination hall to the monks from all four directions.
Phra Promwchirayan offers blessings to the congregation.
3:30 PM Demarcation Ceremony:
– The Nimitta ball hosts receive cutting-equipment and get on their positions.
– Mr. Pramuan – Mrs. Pimploy Likhitsansuk, et al, the hosts of the center Nimitta Ball and President of Congregation cut the ball ropes.
– All the Nimitta Ball hosts cut the balls ropes at the same time.
– Chanting by 10 monks
Sima-Nimitta Boundary-Marking Ceremony
– The congregation offers prayers and pours water to extend and receive blessings.
– The hosts offer other amenities to monks.
5:00 PM Ordination celebration of NMR Uposatha Boundary-Marking Ceremony
8:00 PM Evening Chanting and meditation to honor H.M. King Rama IX
Sunday Jun 15, 2014
Grand Opening Ceremony of Wat Nawamintararachutis
6:00 AM Morning chanting
7:00 AM Offering of breakfast to the monks
9:39 AM 109 monks march for alms offering
11:00 AM Offering of lunch to the monks and lunch for congregation
1:00 PM Dhamma talk by Phra Dhammakittivong
2:00 PM Opening ceremony
– Arrival of Somdej Phravanaratana, Acting Abbot, Wat Bowonniwet Vihara Rajavaravihara
– Somdej Phravanaratana lights candles and incense sticks in honor of the Triple Gem.
– H.E. Mr. Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States of America, presents a report on the construction project of Wat Nawamintararachutis.
– Welcome remarks from State Representatives of Massachusetts
– Somdej Phravanaratana summons the King’s Buddha to the top of the temple for worship and enshrines the relics of the Buddha in front of the main Buddha statue in the chapel.
– Chanting by 10 monks
– President of ceremony and congregation offer other amenities to 10 monks.
– 10 monks offer blessings to the congregation.
– Somdej Phravanaratana departs for the meditation center “Nawamin Rajavidalaya” (2nd floor) and then lights candles and incense sticks in honor of the Triple Gem.
– Somdej Phravanaratana departs for Mahavajiralongkorn Hall (1st floor) then lights candles and incense sticks in honor of the Triple Gem.
– Somdej Phravanaratana unveils Mahavajiralongkorn Hall, Nawamin Rajavidayala, Public Center for Thais and all nations, and the NMR museum.
– Chanting by 10 monks
– Mr. Rasmee Chittham, Consul General of The Royal Thai Consulate General in New York invites 150 donors to receive a token of appreciation.
– Phra Promwachirayan offers amenities to Somdej Phravanaratana.
– The boards of directors offer amenities to 10 monks.
– Somdej Phravanaratana offers blessings to the congregation.
– Group photos
Program Summary
June 11, 2014 International Buddhist Seminar
June 12-13, 2014 The 38th Annual Meeting of the Council of Thai Bhikkhus in USA
June 14, 2014 Uposatha Boundary-Marking Ceremony & Celebration of Wat Nawamintarachutis
June 15, 2014 Opening Ceremony of Wat Nawamintararachutis
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