Wat Lao Buddhamamakaram, the Laotian Theravadan temple, is hosting a conference and having a "demarcation ceremony" for their new temple. The main event is 1:30 to 3:00 on Sat. June 13th with speakers and the cutting of strings to sanctify the new shrine. Even Mayor Coleman will be participating. The whole event covers four days from June 11th to 14th. The full press release and schedule is below (although it is not 100% clear). I will make clarifications as I get more information.
The Watlao Buddhamamakaram is proud to present “The Demarcation Ceremony and Annual U.S.A. Buddhist Monks Conference,” a four-day event that will bring together community members, non-profit organizations, community-based and faith-based organizations with hundreds of Buddhist monks, nuns, educators, and youth to discuss issues of faith (Buddhist religion) and participate in an opening of demarcation ceremony of the newly built temple. Watlao Buddhamamakaram (Lao Buddhist Temple) invites all who are interested to attend the opening ceremony of National Buddhist Monk Conference & Demarcation on Saturday, June 13, 2009 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Watlao Buddhamamakaram, 3624 Bexvie Avenue, Columbus, OH 43227.
The Buddhist Monk Conference will consist of ceremonies tailored to youth and adults, with traditional worship awareness, “Lao Folk Dance,” live band performances, and food from Lao culture. The Buddhist ceremony will include: Worship of Buddha session, Buddhist Monks take ownership of the temple property, and reveal the sacred opening to make use of the newly built shrine.
The Lao Buddhist temple is a location for worship and has recently become a community center, providing mental health services, such as meditation, coping skill, sharing a common experience in coping barriers in language, culture, system and consequences during socio-economic downturn in Columbus, Ohio and the nation. This is a critical time for religious and community leaders to take a stand for mental health services and continue to provide a support system within the Asian community. The Demarcation Ceremony and Nationwide Buddhist Monk Conference will provide a forum for discussing ways of raising Buddhist culture awareness in the Lao Community, and other communities (especially for younger generations) in order to promote health and social well being of individuals, families, and communities.
The event will also showcase how to cope and strengthen mental health among community members and Buddhist monks through steps of Buddhist principles and the family support system.
Funding for the four-day conference and demarcation ceremony is provided by the Lao communities in Columbus, Ohio and throughout United States of America. Free parking and refreshments will be provided. Please call the Watlao Buddhamamakaram at (614)[masked] or telephone numbers listed below for additional information.
Contact: Bounthanh Phommasathit,
THURSDAY & FRIDAY, June 11 & June 12
8:00 am – 8:00 pm - Arrival of Buddhist Monks and Registration
SATURDAY, June 13
8:00 am - Registration & Breakfast
10:30 am – 11:45 am - Exhibits Open, Opening Ceremonies, Buddhist Hymns and Prayers, “Breakthrough for the Next Generation Offerings”, Buddhists offer food and supplies to the monks
11:45 am - 12:00 pm - Offer the Shrine “Pra Simma” and its deed to the Buddhist monks as a property of the temple
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm - Lunch: Buffet Style, Entertainment: Lao Classical Dance
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm - Welcome Remarks Bouaphanh Phommarinh, President Watlao Buddhamamakaram; Introduction of the Board, volunteer staff and Committee members; Preecha Inthisarn, Vice President Watlao Buddhamamakaram; Introduction of Speaker, Honorable Ven. Thavorn Thavarathamo; Executive Director Keynote Address: “Demarcation of the Shrine Pra-Simma Ceremony”, Honorable, Ven. Ajarn Bouasone, President, Lao Buddhist Temple Association of U.S.A, Corp.; Introduction of Speaker, Bounthanh Phommasathit, Chair, Public Relation Committee; Cheryl A. Boyce, MS, Executive Director Ohio Commission on Minority Health; Introduction of keynote Speaker Yung-Chen Lu, Ph.D, President, Ohio Asian American Health Coalition; Michael B. Coleman, Mayor City of Columbus, “Presents sacred knife to sponsors”; Invite Buddhist Monks provide chanting for Demarcation of the Shrine Ceremony; Ceremony is adjourned by cutting the strings from sacred ornaments.
SUNDAY, June 14, 2009
5:00 am – 8:00 am - Ceremony of ordination
8:00 am – 10:00 am - Breakfast
10:30 am – 11:45am - Exhibits Open, Buddhist Hymns and Prayers, “Breakthrough for the Next Generation Offerings”, Buddhists offer their food and supplies to the monks
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm - Lunch Break
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm - Promotion of the Buddhist monks
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm - Lift & insert Temple Steeple
5:15 pm – 7:00 pm - Closing ceremonies