The 8th International Conference Buddhism & Australia
Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia Illustrations
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Wat Phrayortkeo Dhammayanaram
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|Wat Phrayortkeo Dhammayanaram |
Wat Phrayortkeo Dhammayanaram temple
|President(s)||Mr Phanh Aryavong|
|Abbot(s)||Ajahn/Venerable Thongsavanh Chanthathirath|
|Address|| 711-715 Smithfield Road|
New South Wales 2176
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|Phone|| (02) 9823 7338|
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|Mobile||0466 629 378|
|Fax||(02) 9610 9075|
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Wat Phrayortkeo is a temple situated in the Fairfield area in Sydney in NSW. It is a Buddhist temple set up by the Lao community who have escaped the Communist take-over since 1975. This temple was built for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. It is a place where many Laotians come together to worship, to perform rituals and ceremonies and to celebrate different festivals. Most of all, it is a place to seek refuge in the Triple Gem – Taking refuge in the Buddha, the Dhamma (the Teachings of the Buddha) and the Sangha (the community of monks). Many seek a path out of suffering and they urge for an inner peace and solitude.
Ajahn/Venerable Thongsavanh Chanthathirath is our Abbot at Wat Phrayortkeo. He has devoted his life to the “Dhamma”. As an Abbot his duties are immense. He has a number of Sangha who preside at the Kuti and they follow the Theravada tradition and rules of the Vinaya. Through the years, we have noticed that he has welcomed everyone with open heart. He is always there for those who have no one to turn to especially those who have no families or relatives in times of trouble. His message is that if we have the urge to do something and it is beneficial for others, go ahead and do it. But if it is harmful, selfish and not benefit for others, we should best avoid it.
When we seek to understand about Buddhism it is a study about ourselves. Buddhism is about the nature of the mind. The mind has been so agitated, restless and never satisfied. Here we have our nuns who gather during the full moon days to meditate on non-attachment and impermanence. Through meditation, we find contentment in the simplest things around us. We become aware. We are grateful for our elders for showing us the way to inner calmness.
One of our newest structures is the Multi-Purpose Hall. There are many many volunteers who devoted their time and energy and have been committed to the building of our Multi-Purpose hall from scratch. The hall was build by the “heart”.