2015 Wesak Program (Bangkok)

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Short Term Noviceship/ Nun Ordination (短期出家) / Ubasaka & Ubasika (8 precepts)


Samathidhammaram Centre, 114, Moo 5, Ban Rangsaiboowa, Tambon Klongtan, Amphor Ban Phaeo, Samut Sakhon, 74120 Thailand (Address (in Thai): บ้านปฏิบัติธรรมสมาธิธรรมาราม , 114 หมู่ 5 ต.คลองตัน อ.บ้านแพ้ว จ.สมุทรสาคร ).

Duration: 30 May 2015- 12 June 2015 

We would like to invite those who have faith to join us in the upcoming short term monk/novice/ nun ordination and observation of ubasaka & ubasika (8 precepts) for both male and female adult and children.

Through sincere practice, enormous merits are acquired. Nothing equals to self-practice. Let us share these merits with gratitude to the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha, our parents, ancestors and kammic debtors. Being reborn life after life, we may not be aware of the past actions we have done in the past. We aspire to transfer our merits through this practice to our kammic debtors (beings whom we have wronged in the past). May they rejoice in the merits and forgive us.

May the merits we shall acquire bring happiness and comfort. May all beings be well and happy.

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!


Note: Tentatively during the program, we would also be visiting Wat Phra That Phanom in Northeast Thailand undergoing ascetic practice for about 3 to 4 days.

Dates 日期 Tentative Program 项目*
Saturday 30 May 2015
  • Arrival at Bangkok airport (At Survanabhumi International airport or Don Muang (Air Asia)
Sunday 31 May 2015
  • Briefing, discussion and practicing ordination scripting
Monday 1 June 2015
  • Vesak Day in Thailand
  • Head-Shaving (past photos) would start about 9am till afternoon
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
3- 10 June 2015
  • 4am: Morning chanting, meditation and transferrance of merits
  • 6am: Alms round /pindapat (past photos) (note: some days may not have almsrounds)
  • 8am: Breakfast
  • 9am: Chanting for transferrance of merits (view YouTube video)
  • 11am: Lunch
  • 1pm: Short chanting
  • 5pm: Tea/ Rest
  • 7pm: Night chanting (past photo)
  • 10pm: Retire for the day
11 June 2015
  • Disrobing ceremony (past photos) – event would be in the morning
 12 June 2015
  • Departure back or participants can take the late afternoon or evening flight on 11 June 15.

*Program is subjected to change. Photo links were taken from past events for illustration and better understanding.


You may either do the observation of eight precepts or go for short term ordination as a novice or nun at your wish. For those who wish to go through short term ordination, advanced notification is greatly appreciated as robes and other requisites need to be arranged (we need to obtain your personal particulars, as well as your height for the robe arrangement).

Do read the copy of the 10 rules and 75 Monastic Code of Conduct for Novices 十戒– it serves as a guide- however novices is to observe 10 precepts. If we wish to do good and practice Buddhism, we should do it properly and well. (ควๅมเคร่งดในทางพระศาสนาต้องปฏิบัติตามพระธรรนัย)

Going through Short Term Ordination / Observation of Eight Precepts

Going through short term ordination / Observation of eight precepts is seen as virtuous.

CLICK HERE to view an informal sharing by Khun Mae on the benefits

The purpose of ordination/ observation of eight precepts so that the merits earned can be shared with your parents.

Notifying parents of intention to ordain/ observe 8 precepts

Prior than going to undergo short term ordination/ 8 precepts, do inform your parents that you would like to undergo short term ordination as a gesture of gratitude. Let them know so that they are able to rejoice in your effort.

If your parents have passed on, simply hold up the joss stick, face the east and inform your parents of your intention to pursue ordination/ 8 precepts.

What You Need to Bring

As we would be walking along the earth- bring along or wear a pair of comfortable slippers. Sport/ office wrapped shoes are not suited to be worn. You may bring along socks of neutral colours. In June, the weather in Bangkok is generally hot.

How much does does this program cost?

This question is often asked to us and we would like to offer clarification.
All along Khun Mae would always want to give opportunity for people to practice.
There is no fixed fee for joining or participating in the ordination events.

However, since each event would also utilize very large amount of funds (ordination requisities, food, electricity, water, cost of helpers, rentals of tents tables, chair,
transportation costs in transporting participants throughout the event, etc), there are 2 costs below directly related to the participants:

a. Transportation to and fro between airport and temple

The temple is located in Ban Phaeo, a small place in Samut Sakhon province about 2 to 3hours drive from airport (depending on the traffic).
There is no direct bus or train to the temple. Transportation would need to be arranged upon participants confirming flight details.

If the arrival group is large, we would generally need to hire a van driver to take you from the airport to the temple.
If lesser people arriving at a certain timing, then a car would be arranged. Appreciate if you would help us cover the cost of the van/driver and if it is a car, the petrol cost.
Van cost (depending on timing as after 6pm the rate is different) would generally come up to between 2500 baht to not more than 4000 baht (RM250- RM400)  >>>example if there are 8 people in the van and cost is 2500 baht, each to contribute 312.50 baht (about RM30 plus).  
For car, petrol (as car need to go from temple to airport, then parking to wait for participants, then back to airport with toll charges)…. comes up to almost 1000 baht (about RM100)  per  car.
This is the same for arrangements (either via car or van) to send participants back from the temple to the airport.

b. 8 preceptor attire
As 8 preceptor clothings is required ((view sample for male/ female) ….even for those who intend to ordain as monk/novice as they are required  to be attired in 8 preceptor clothings prior to ordination.  If you have the 8 preceptor clothings- please bring along.  For those who do not  have- you may purchase the clothings from the temple (150 baht per each item: top, trousers, robe).  Usually each person would require very minimal 2 sets of 8 preceptor clothings (2 top and 2 pants) with one 8 preceptor robe. Please let us know in advance as well of the size required.

As for the rest, including food and lodging, there is no fixed fees to join the program. However, there may be certain expenses which is optional-
example you may want to purchase some food to offer during almsround- it would be at own cost, or share in transportation costs (during the event), etc. It is totally entirely up to the participant (随緣).

For those with financial difficulties, please do not worry as Khun Mae can cover the cost. Most important is one’s sincerity in practice.

It is possible for us to hold the event each time through the kind generosity of donors, some who due to their hectic schedule may have no time to attend the event itself. Throughout we need to recall the kind deeds of the donors, practice sincerely and share our merits
with them.

Contact Details:

If you would like to participate in this event or obtain more information, you may contact the following persons:

Country联络电话及负责人 Contact person(s):
  • Khun Mae +66819183237
  • Mae Chi Suh Na +66898949562
  • (Note: You may not be able to reach Khun Mae easily as Khun Mae usually is in hospital with her father who is ill and the line/3G connection are not so good).
Singapore 新加坡
  • Xiao Yan 小燕 +65 98442199
Malaysia马来西亚 & Other Countries
  • Yin +6012 2206899 (WhatApps)

Or you  may leave a comment with your details and we would respond back to you via email.

You may sign up to receive notification and updates via email .  We would email once the official program is out. Sadhu and have a good day.

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