The Beautiful Wat Nak-Prok, Thailand

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The Beautiful Wat Nak-Prok, Thailand

Postby yawares » Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:24 pm

Dear Members,

This Uposatha Day I would like to introduce the beautiful Wat Nak Prok to you all.

http://www.watnakprok.org/th/npk_story.php
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:anjali: WAT NAK_PROK :anjali:

Wat Nak Prok was established around late Ayutthaya period in 1748. A hundred year afterward (approximately in the reign of King Rama III or IV), the temple was restored by Phra Boriboonthanakorn (Pook Tan), a wealthy Chinese merchant, who married to Thai lady and settled down in Siam. He had the great gratitude to Siam and a strong believe in Buddhism that inspired him to renovate this monastery.

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In the beginning Phra Boriboonthanakorn directed to construct the first building, Uposatha hall or chapter house. Inside this hall, there was an attractive Chinese style mural. Subsequently he managed to build a repository of Buddha images, Vihara or shrine-hall. Interior of this Vihara, there was a beautiful Thai style mural telling the story of the Buddha ("Return from Tavatimsa heaven" and "Victory over Mara or demon"). He also respectfully invited a principal Buddha statue from Sukhothai province to be enshrined here. The principal Buddha statue was cast from bronze in Mara Vichai style (Victory over demon style). This statue has a 7 heads great serpent over the head of the Buddha statue. The temple was named from this image. In Thai language, 'Wat' means temple, 'Nak' means the great serpent and 'Prok' means to cover. Wat Nak Prok is a private Theravada temple under Council of Elders (the Sangha Supreme Council) in Mahanikaya (the Great branch). It is located on 342 Toetthai49 Road, Pak Klong Pasicharoen sub-district, Pasicharoen district, Bangkok. Canals, school and another temple surround the temple. The north is adjacent to Wat Nak Prok canal. To the east of the temple is Wat Nang Chee. The south of the temple is Bang Wah canal, and to the west of the temple is Wat Nak Prok School. The total area of the temple is 4.884 acres.

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http://www.watnakprok.org/th/npk_story.php

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Re: The Beautiful Wat Nak-Prok, Thailand

Postby Hanzze » Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:16 am

A city made of bones,
plastered over with flesh & blood,
whose hidden treasures are:
pride & contempt,
aging & death.


dhp 150
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_
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Re: The Beautiful Wat Nak-Prok, Thailand

Postby yawares » Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:37 am

Hanzze wrote:A city made of bones,
plastered over with flesh & blood,
whose hidden treasures are:
pride & contempt,
aging & death.


dhp 150

Dear Hanzze,
I like Verse 150, I'll post the dhp 150 story" Theri Rupananda" tomorrow...thanks :anjali:
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Re: The Beautiful Wat Nak-Prok, Thailand

Postby Hanzze » Sun Sep 16, 2012 2:53 am

Generally I do not like the stories added to the verses that much, they take much of its meaning and let the mind turn to special subjects, while the meaning of the verses is very broad and useable on most occations when material attachment arises.

Maintaining the beauty causes so much harm.

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There are so much possibilities to understand Dhamma if we abstain from fighting nature and real beauty can appear.
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_
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Re: The Beautiful Wat Nak-Prok, Thailand

Postby Goofaholix » Sun Sep 16, 2012 3:20 am

Interesting how Thai and farang have different ideas on what is beautiful.
"Proper effort is not the effort to make something particular happen. It is the effort to be aware and awake each moment." - Ajahn Chah
"When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness. When we stop clinging, we can begin to be happy." - Ajahn Chah
"Know and watch your heart. It’s pure but emotions come to colour it." — Ajahn Chah
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Re: The Beautiful Wat Nak-Prok, Thailand

Postby Hanzze » Sun Sep 16, 2012 3:29 am

Indeed but leads easy to think that the longnoses are no more attached to sensual pleasure. :smile: Or even aversion...?
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_
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Re: The Beautiful Wat Nak-Prok, Thailand

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:26 am

I visited Wat Nak Prok a few weeks ago, since our local Wat is a branch. Last time I visited was 2007, and there have been a few changes.

It was nice to see my Bangladeshi friend again. He was a Samanera here in New Zealand for several years, and is now a full Bhikkhu:

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Since the flooding last year they have been raising some of the buildings. Raising the ordination hall revealed one of the Sima stones (you may need to scroll down to see it...):

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Sadly, one of my teachers, an American ordained at Wat Nak Prok, "Ajahn Dennis", passed away in June:

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Re: The Beautiful Wat Nak-Prok, Thailand

Postby yawares » Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:08 pm

mikenz66 wrote:I visited Wat Nak Prok a few weeks ago, since our local Wat is a branch. Last time I visited was 2007, and there have been a few changes.
yawares: Do you like this temple? Did you visit other temples?

It was nice to see my Bangladeshi friend again. He was a Samanera here in New Zealand for several years, and is now a full Bhikkhu:
yawares: He looks like a happy samanera. :smile:

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Since the flooding last year they have been raising some of the buildings. Raising the ordination hall revealed one of the Sima stones (you may need to scroll down to see it...):
yawares: Yes..may be not really finish yet.

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Sadly, one of my teachers, an American ordained at Wat Nak Prok, "Ajahn Dennis", passed away in June:
yawares: Very beautiful urn :anjali: Rupa Anicca :candle:

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yawares: I love all the pictures..Thank you very much :heart:
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Re: The Beautiful Wat Nak-Prok, Thailand

Postby yawares » Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:23 pm

Goofaholix wrote:Interesting how Thai and farang have different ideas on what is beautiful.

yawares: They say " Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and "Individual difference"...so true... so true . Do you think that all farangs think the same way?? Most American/European tourists love to visit Thai temples in Thailand..enjoy taking pictures,
enjoy walking around/admire the beautiful temples
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