Since October 2nd, 2019, in the strip of newly planted forest in front of the main wall of Wat Pah Nanachat, a new grey, handcrafted sandstone “Wheel of Dhamma” (Dhammacakka) sets a sign for people that this little green park is part fo the monastery, creating an aura of respect for the teachings of the Buddha as people enter the monastery. The monastic and lay-community gathered when the wheel was mounted in the morning hours after the monks returned from their almsround.
The community of Wat Pah Nanachat much enjoyed Tan Ajahn Jayasaros mid-pansah (rains-retreat) - visit and the various teachings he gave, both in Thai and in English.
On the occasion of H.M. the Queen Mother’s 87th Birthday, the Sangha of Wat Pah Nanachat called the laypeople together to do some tree planting in a new property adjoining the monastery, as a dedication to Her Majesty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On June 20th , 2019 three new novices were accepted into the Wat Pah Nanachat monastic community: Samanera Ratanajoto (former Anagarika Matthew from the US), Samanera Piyacitto (former Anagarika Maximilian from Germany), and Samanera Dhammadinno (former Anagarika Blake from the US).
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.
The process of constructing the new ordination hall (“Bot” , “Uposatha”- or “Sima”-Hall) of Wat Pah Nanachat started with a team of workers casting the foundation pillars on the site of the Visunggama-Sima during over a period of tabout ten days at the end of April and beginning of May 2019/2562.
Songkran in Wat Pah Pong and Wat Pah Nanachat 2562 (2019)
On March 15th, 2019 the Sangha of Wat Pah Nanachat welcomed the Going Forth of Anagarika Asaf from Israel as novice. His new Pali name is Sāmanera Bhāvito.
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.
Anagarika Jerry (Germany) took on the yellow robes as Buddhist Novice “Samanera Samacitto” in the midst of the Wat Pah Nanachat Sangha on December 10, 2018