Temple Listings


Alaska

Wat Lao of Anchorage
134 Schodde Street
Anchorage, AK 99508
Cell Phone: 907-227-7387
Contact person: Ven. Bounleuam Boutsomsy

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Arizona

Wat Lao Soudharam
9601 North 16th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85029
Phone: 602-944-7823
Contact person: Ven. Savang Sithisombath
Contact person: Ven. Vichit Dipraseuth
http://www.geocities.ws/phoenixwatlao/

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Arkansas

Wat Buddhasamakeedham
(a joint Thai-Lao wat)
4625 Armour Street
Ft Smith, Arkansas 72904-4519
Phone: 479-782-0126

Wat Lao Thepnimith Xaimongkoon
a.k.a. Northwest Arkansas Lao Association
604 North Old Missouri Road
Springdale, Arkansas 72764
Phone: 479-756-3554
Contact Person: Yeng Phoumivong
Contact person: Pohn Sok-Amnouay

Wat Lao Sirithummo of Waldron
Rural Route 3, Box 90
Waldron, Arkansas 72958-9419
Contact Person: Ven. Sengkeo Phanaphay

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California

Wat Lao Buddharangsy
3819 East Service Rd.
Ceres, California 95307-9704
Phone: 209-538-1600
Contact person: Ven. Somsack Souvannasene

Wat Lao Dhamma Sacca
2710 South Fruit Avenue
Fresno, California 93706-9604
Contact person: Khamfanh Nouansavanh
http://thamasacca.tripod.com/

Wat Phouthapathane Lao
2450 S. Walnut Avenue
Fresno, California 93706-4827
Phone: 559-233-6780

Wat Lao Rattanaram
2417 Barlett Avenue
Richmond, California 94804
Phone: 510-236-8592
Contact person: Ven. Chandy Khamphirapanyo
Contact person: La Nhonthachit
http://www.watlaorattanaram.org/

Wat Lao Buddhist Samakitham
6021 Rutland Avenue
Riverside, California 92503-1713
Phone: 951-509-0931
Contact person: Ven. Khamkhang Tesaphalo
http://www.watlaobds.com/

Wat Lao Phosiesattanak
4845 Rio Linda Blvd.
Sacramento, California 95838-1801
Phone: 916-925-6152
Contact person: Ven. Bouneua Senethavisouk

Email: WatLaoPho@gmail.com

http://www.WatRioLinda.org/

Wat Lao Saophuth Buddhist Temple
8741 Gerber Road
Sacramento, California. 95828-4708
Phone: 916-627-1806
Contact person: Ven. Bounleua Inthachack
E-mail: watlaosaophuth@yahoo.com
http://www.watlaosaophuth.wordpress.com/

Wat Lao Buddhaharam
726 44th Street
San Diego, California 92102-3606
Phone: 619-263-9191

Wat Lao Boubpharam
205 South 65th Street
San Diego, California 92114
Phone: 619-266-1717
Contact person: Boupha Thanyavong
http://www.watboubpharam.com/

Wat Lao Navaram Buddhist Monastery
6691 Manning Street
San Diego, California 92111
Phone: 619-560-1185
Contact person: Ajahn Benton Pandito

Wat Lao Buddhaxinaram
a.k.a. Wat San Jose
14671 Story Road
San Jose, California 95127-3449
Phone: 408-926-8000
Contact person: Ven. Keovilay Saysavanh
http://www.buddhaxinaram.org/
E-Mail: info@watsanjose.org

Wat Lao Buddhasamakhee
2201 South Birch Street
Santa Ana, California 92707
Phone: 714-662-0285
Contact person: Ven. Kidam Phouangkham

Wat Lao Saysettha
3625 Moorland Ave
Santa Rosa, California 95407-8107
Phone: 707-584-3097

Wat Phosayaram of Orange County
7721 Orangewood Avenue.
Stanton, California 90680-3509
Phone: 714-890-7017
Contact person: Ven. Vongsavanh Sirivongsa

Wat Lao Buddhasuksid Monastery
3412 Pock Lane
Stockton, California 95205-8022
Contact person: Bounpanh Chanthasene

Lao Buddhist Association of Stockton
1915 East 12th Street
Stockton, California 95206-3534

Lao Buddhist Temple of Visalia
16013 Avenue 296
Visalia, California 93292-9605
Phone: 559-636-3922

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Colorado

Wat Lao Sida Ounnaram
a.k.a. Lao Buddhist Temple of Colorado
10685 Dover Street
Broomfield, Colorado 80021
Phone: 303-469-3273
Contact person: Ven. Ounkham Veunnasack Thammavaro

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Connecticut

Wat Lao Kittisilaram
382 Seaview Ave.
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06607
Phone: 203-335-4867
http://www.watlaokittisilaram.com/
Abbot: Ven. Sao Agga, Maha
Teacher: Ven. Paritham Pasannajitto
Email: aggamaha@hotmail.com

Wat Lao Buddha Ariyamettaram
140 East Street
Morris, Connecticut 06763
Phone: 860-567-0094
http://www.watmorris.com/
Abbot: Rev. Khout Soutthocharo

Wat Lao Buddhadham New Britain, Inc.
1421 John Fitch Boulevard
South Windsor, Connecticut 06074-1016
Contact person: Oth Phommachanh
Phone: 860-291-0819

Lao Lane Xang Temple
40 Cisar Road
Willington, Connecticut 06279
Phone: 860-429-0401

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Florida

Wat Phouthapasaram Temple
215 Union Camp Road
Crescent City, Florida 32112
Phone: 386-698-0921
Contact person: Pra Keo

Wat Lao Thammavanaram, Inc.
11965 Turkey Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32221
Phone: 904-219-2390
Contact person: Ven. Phra Achan Khusy Luangvongsa
http://www.watlaothammavanaram.com/

Wat Lao Buddha Phavanaram Inc.
5618 58th Street North
Kenneth City, Florida 33709
Phone: 727-546-1352
Contact person: Khamphet Detsada
E-mail: temple@watlaobuddhaphavanaram.org
http://www.watlaobuddhaphavanaram.org/

Wat Lao Dhammavanno Temple.
9851 Veronica Boulevard
North Fort Myers, Florida 33917
Phone: 239-731-6944

Wat Navaram Buddhist Temple, Inc.
2381 Narcissus Avenue
Sanford, Florida 32771
Phone: 407-322-3652
http://www.watnavaram.org/

Wat Lao Mixayaram
4300 43rd Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33714-3504
Phone: 727-526-9527
Contact person: Ven. Khamphet Vongkhorath

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Georgia

Wat Lao Photisaram
4443 East Conley Road
Conley, Georgia 30288
Phone: 404-608-0004

Wat Lao Buddhamoongcoon
2325 Hillside Road
Riverdale, Georgia 30296
Phone: 770-994-9270
Contact person: Ven. Banrith Sengmaniraja

Wat Lao Buddha Khanti 
4052 Zoar Church Road
Snellville, Georgia 30039
Phone: 770-979-9375
FAX: 770-979-9173
http://watbuddhakhanti.org/

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Hawaii

Wat Lao Sithammaram
a.k.a Lao Buddhist Society of Hawaii
1801 Manaiki Place
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819-2813
Phone: 808-845-8865
Contact person: Ven. Bounkong Singsouvanh

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Idaho

Wat Lao Buddhaviharam
2089 South Covey Ave
Meridian, Idaho 83642
Phone: 208-895-0234
Contact person: Ven. One Inthathavongsa
Unable to verify with secondary source. More information needed.

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Illinois

Wat Lao Phothikaram
6925 S. Mulford Road
Cherry Valley, Illinois 61109
Phone: 815-874-0432
http://www.laobuddhist.com/

Wat Lao Buddha Samaggi of Elgin
50 King Arthur Court
Elgin, Illinois 60120-9542
Phone: 847-741-2535

Wat Lao Buddharam of Northern Illinois
11 N 125 Burlington Road 
Hampshire, IL 60140
Phone: 847-683-3218

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Iowa

Wat Lao Buddhavas
1804 E. Park Ave.
Des Moines. Iowa 50320-1236
Phone: 515-282-1801
Contact person: Ven. Onesy Sypavongsay
Email: info@watlaoiowa.org
http://www.watlaoiowa.org/

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Kansas

Lao Buddhist Association
725 W. Spruce
Olathe, Kansas 66061
Phone: 913-829-6647

Lao Buddhist Association of Kansas
2550 S. Greenwich Road
Wichita, Kansas 67210-1814
Phone: 316-685-6360

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Louisiana

Wat Thammarattanaram of New Iberia
7913 Champa Avenue
New Iberia, Louisiana 70560
Phone: 337-364-3403
Contact person: Ven. Bouareuane Sananikone

Wat Lao Vimuttaram
1034 Kompackdee Lane
St. Martinville, Louisiana 70582-7935
Phone: 337-394-8856
Contact person: Bounchanh Kompackdee
E-Mail: wlvmt@yahoo.com

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Massachusetts

Wat Buddhabhavana of Massachusetts, Inc.
25 Milot Road
Westford, Massachusetts 01886
Phone: 978-692-3120
Contact person: Ven. Mangkone Sananikone
http://www.greatwisdomcenter.org/index.html

Wat Lao Dhammaram
159 Richardson Road
Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420
Phone: 978-342-8718
Contact person: T. Sommala

Wat Lao Mixayaram of New England, Inc.
45 Bernier Street
Lowell, Massachusetts 01851
Phone: 978-459-7882

Watpa Keomany Xayaram, Inc., of Massachusetts
213 Electric Avenue
Lunenburg, Massachusetts 01462-0221
Phone: 978-582-4688
Contact person: Ven. Khamsing Keomany

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Michigan

Wat Lao Buddharam Buddhist Temple
2534 Junction Street
Detroit, Michigan 48209
Phone: 313-575-8550
Contact person: Ven. Ajahn Sinouane Phongphila

Lao Buddhist Temple of Holland
5582 112th Avenue
Holland, Michigan 49424
Phone: 616-875-3005

Wat Lao Buddhist Temple
17863 Mill Street, P.O. Box 206
Vandalia, Michigan 49095-9501
Phone: 616-476-2893
Contact person: Ven. Souvanh Trechak

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Minnesota

Wat Anoka Dhammaram
5450 Old Viking Boulevard
Anoka, Minnesota
Phone: 763-753-5643
http://www.watanoka.com/

Wat Lao Minnesota
22605 Cedar Ave. South
Farmington, Minnesota 55024
Phone: 952-469-1692
Contact person: Ven. Bounsong Homsoykham

Wat Lao Minneapolis
1429 2nd St. NE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413-1133
Phone: 612-789-9382

Wat Lao Munisidhammaram
2575 143rd Street NW
Monticello, Minnesota 55362
Phone: 763-878-2913
Abbot: Pra Ajarn Bouavanh Rajdavanh
http://www.munisidhammaram.com/index.htm

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Nevada

Wat Lao Buddhamixay Association of Las Vegas, Inc.
360 N. 14th Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101-0418
Phone: 702-598-0903

Wat Lao Khantidhammaram
4243 Judson Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89115
Phone: 702-642-3237
Contact person: Ven. Thavone Sinsarady

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New Mexico

Wat Buddhamongkolnimit
320 Louisiana Blvd S. E.
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108-3138
Phone: 505-268-4983
FAX: 505-268-0255
Contact person: Ven. Charern Suksaeng

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New York

Wat Lao Samakhitham
2040 Route 11
Castle Creek, New York 13744
Phone: 607-692-7401
Contact person: Bounekiam Phonephichith

Wat Lao Asokaram
55 Galusha Street
Rochester, New York 14605
Phone:  585-546-3417
Contact person: Ven. Khammy Nosavanh

Wat Pa Lao Buddhadham
135 Martin Road
West Henrietta, New York 14586
Phone: 585-321-3031
Contact person: Mone Inthasone

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North Carolina

Wat Lao American Buddhist Center
1635 Kersey Valley Road
Archdale, North Carolina 27263-9412
Phone: 336-861-0239
Contact person: Ven. Ananh Temprachanh

Wat Lao Buddharam
1824 Todville Road
Charlotte, North Carolina 28214
Phone: 704-597-5037
Contact person: Tai Lengsavat

Wat Lao Houeikeo Indharam
1005 B Bethlehem Church Road
Grover, North Carolina 28073-8534
Contact person: Phouny Phinith

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Ohio

Wat Lao Siriwathanaram
a.k.a. Buddhist Temple Inc.
77 W. Crosier Street
Akron, Ohio 44311
Phone: 330-434-0341
Contact person: Ven. Khamdeng Xayavong

Wat Lao Buddhamamakaram
3624 Bexvie Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43227
Phone: 614-231-9555
Contact person: Bhante Thavorn

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Oklahoma

Wat Lao Buddharam
7600 N. Kelly Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111
Phone: 405-632-7842
Contact person: Ven. Thongkhoune Khamdeng
Contact person: Khamsay Siharat

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Oregon

Wat Lao Buddhathammaram
4350 N.E. 133rd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97230
Phone: 503-252-8923
Contact person: Ven. Khamsene Kabbouakham
Contact person: Keo Sananikone
http://www.watpdx.com/

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Pennsylvania

Lao Buddhist Temple, Inc.
335 E. Chew Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19120
Phone: 215-457-8917
Contact person: Ven. Thavone Butkhamuane
Contact person: B. Bouapengphanh

Wat Lao Phouthathammaram
1104 South 20th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19146
Phone 215-735-1493
Contact person: Khounesone Vilayphanh
Email: kouny610@yahoo.com

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Rhode Island

Wat Lao Buddhovath of Rhode Island, Inc.
88 Lime Rock Road
Smithfield, Rhode Island 02917
Phone: 401-232-7696
Contact person: Bounthanh Prasavath
http://www.watlaori.org/ 

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South Carolina

Wat Preah Ang Thom (Cambodian)
Spartanburg Buddhist Center of South Carolina, Inc.
770 Bryant Road
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303
Phone: 864-327-8726

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Tennessee

Wat Lao Buddhapathip
104 Glenmont Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37210-5415
Phone: 615-730-8014
Contact person: Phra Sanh Vilayvanh

Wat Lao Buddharam
5214 Old Nashville Highway
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129
Phone: 615-890-5570

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Texas

Wat Lao Buddharam
4695 State Highway 136
Amarillo, Texas 79108
Phone: 806-381-9688 
Contact person: Ven. Saveuy Khampoukeo

Wat Lao Santidhammaram
a.k.a. Lao Buddhist Community of Fort Worth
3000 Kimbo Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76111-3010

Wat Lao Thapnimith
7105 Marvin Brown Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76179
Phone: 817-238-8543
Contact person: Ven. Kommana Vongphakdy

Wat Phouthasamakhy Lao
8702 Furay Road
Houston, Texas 77016
Phone: 281-458-6255

Wat Lao Siribuddhavas, Inc.
2772 Blackland Road
Royse City, Texas 75189-4710
Phone: 972-771-3350
http://www.watlaorockwall.org/

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Utah

Wat Lao Salt Lake Buddharam
7010 West Parkway Boulevard
West Valley City, Utah 84128
Phone: 801-250-7541
Contact person: Ven. Douangphanet Mingsisouphanh
http://www.watlaosl.org/
Email: watlaosl@watlaosl.org

Wat Lao Munisriratnaram
279 East 8000 South
Sandy, Utah 84070
Phone: 801-255-1546
Contact person: Ven. Phouy Keovangmany
http://faculty.weber.edu/bdavis/ubc/wat_lao.htm

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Virginia

Wat Lao Buddhavong of Washington, D. C.
3403 Catlett Road
Catlett, Virginia 20119-1236
Phone: 540-788-4968 or 788-9201
FAX: 540-788-1219
Contact person: Ven. Bounmy Kitithammavanno

Wat Pa Buddharam
a.k.a. Laos American Community Center
8710 Marye Road
Partlow, Virginia 22534
Phone: 703-582-3572
Contact person: Thanon Buddharakkito

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Washington

Wat Lao Thammayanaram
3002 S. 27th Ave
Kennewick, Washington 99337-2416
Phone: 509-568-8292

Laotian Buddhist Society
11816 57th Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98178-2872
Phone: 206-723-2625
Contact person: Samlake Souksane

Wat Lao Dhammacetiyaram
3946 S. Kenyon Street
Seattle, Washington 98118
Phone: 206-722-4287
Contact person: Tom Mitxay

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Wisconsin

Lao Buddhist Temple
1925 W. National Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204
Phone: 414-649-9427

Wat Buddha Haksa
S46 W23214 Lawnsdale Road
Waukesha, Wisconsin 53189-7908
Phone: 262-650-0129
http://www.buddhahaksa.org/Engl.html

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Australia

Wat Lao Buddhanimit
20 Jenke Circuit
Kambah, Canberra (ACT) 2902
Phone: (02) 6231 3365
Contact person: Ven. Phra Vicit
http://www.global.lao.net/laostudy/temple.htm

Wat That Luang Canberra
a.k.a. Buddhist Centre Canberra
1 Shand Place
Latham, Canberra (ACT) 2615
Phone: (02) 6254 3479
FAX: (02) 6278 4345
Contact person: Ven. Yanatharo
Contact person: Ven. Prida Savatvong
Contact person: Mr. Sakcsith Vongtongtip
http://www.buddhismtoday.com/english/world/facts/137- Millionaire_to_Monk.htm

Wat Phrayortkeo
711-715 Smithfield Road
Edensor Park, New South Wales 2176
Phone: (02) 9823 7338
FAX: (02) 9610 9075
Contact person: Ven. Phra Thomsavang
http://members.ozemai l.com.au/~nit/

Wat Lao Buddhametta
1 Fitzroy Close
St. Johns Park, New South Wales 2176
Phone: (02) 9610 3606
Contact person: Ven. Phra Souroth Vongcharath

Wat Lao Buddhavongsa
605 Abercorn Street
PO Box 1269
South Albury, New South Wales 2640
Phone: (02) 6021 8417
Mobile: 04384 31580
Contact person: Peter Khamthavong

Wat Buddhalavarn Forest Monastery
Lot 12 Minerva Road
Wedderburn, New South Wales 2560
Phone: (02) 4634 1200
Contact person: Ven Thongsoun Phantaoudom

Wat Lao Queensland
a.k.a. Lao Buddhist Association of Queensland
34-36 Harris Street
Bellbird Park, Queensland 4300
Phone: (07) 3814 3830
Contact person: Ven. Acharn Gongmee
Contact person: Mr Savannalack (Luck) Choumanivong

Wat Lao Melbourne
698-700 Whitehorse Road
Mitcham, Victoria 3132
Phone: (03) 9872 4697
Contact person: Ven. Bounmy Souriyo

Wat Lao Buddhanivet
40 Coomora Road
South Springvale, Victoria 3171
Phone: (03) 9706 3142
Contact Person: Ven. Viengxay

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Other Buddhist organizations in Australia can be found athttp://www.buddhanet.net/

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Canada

Calgary Lao Buddhist Society
59 Erin Woods Drive SE
Calgary, Alberta T2B 2R9
Phone: (403) 207-0027
Contact person: Ven. Phozay Chanthalangsy

Sam Nuk Song Temple
a.k.a Laotian Buddhist Society
916 Abbotsfield Road
121st Avenue and 34th Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5W 4R4
Phone: (403) 471-5397
Unable to verify with secondary source. More information needed.

Wat Lao Xayaram of Manitoba
180 Sinclair
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2X 1X3
Phone: (204) 582-3835
FAX: (204) 283-9211
Contact person: Bounnhong Thongvankham, President

Wat Lao Veluwanaram of Ontario
a.k.a. Lao Buddhist Association
17969 Airport Road
Caledon East, Ontario L0N 1E0
Phone: (905) 584-6886
Contact person: Phra Khamchom Keomany
http://www.watlao-veluwanh.com

Wat Lao Ottawa
a.k.a. Lao Buddhist Temple of Ottawa
54 Windways Crescent
Katana, Ontario K2M 2P4
Phone: (613) 581-9814
Contact person: Ven. Khammay Saphackdy

Phommaviharam Buddhist Temple
12 Hoffman Street
Kitchener, Ontario N2M 3M4
Phone: (519) 745-9505
Contact person: D. Nopphavath

Wat Lao Toronto
a.k.a. Lao Buddhists of Toronto
1825 Finch Avenue West #1603
Toronto, Ontario M3N 1M7
Phone: (416) 398-5884
Contact person: Ven. Kykham Simthephrakaysone
Unable to verify with secondary source.

Wat Lao Samakhidhammaram
a.k.a. Societe Bouddhique Laotienne Wat Lao
3381 Boulevard Dagenais Ouest
Fabreville, Laval
Quebec, Canada H7P 1V5
Phone: (450) 953-2739
FAX: (450) 963-6467
http://watlaosbl.homestead.com/files/index.htm

Wat Thepbandol
3319 Route 346
Sainte-Julienne
Quebec, Canada J0K 2T0
Phone: (514) 831-4666
Contact person: Phra Achan Khammoun Keopraseuth
E-Mail: watthepbandol@hotmail.comhttp://www.comptablelao.com/Watthepbandol/index.html
[Note: you must have Lao fonts installed on your computer to read this page.]

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France

Pagode Dhammabhirom
5 rue Rouget de l'Isle
94600 Choisy le Roi
Phone: 01 48 92 16 37
http://watlao-dhammabhirom.com/

Pagode Bouddhametta
44 av. Villeneuve St Georges
94600 Choisy le Roi

Vat Marseille
14, ch. de la Bigotte
13015 Marseille
Phone: 04 91 65 59 49

Pagode Vat Xieng Thong
575 Rue Rouget de Lisle
34070 Montpellier
Phone: 04 67 07 38 79
Email:centreculturellao@gmail.com
http://www.centreculturellao.com/page1_anglaise.htm

Wat Bouddhabouxa
a.k.a. Association Bouddhiste Lao du Nord de la France
156, rue de Tourcoing
59100 Roubaix
Phone: 03 20 11 09 51

Vat Sisattanak
a.k.a. Association Bouddhique Laotienne
99, Avenue du Gén de Gaulle
95320 Saint-Leu-la-Fôret
Phone : 01 39 95 59 49
FAX : 01 39 95 14 65
Contact person: Venerable Savat Vinaythenes
http://wat.sisattanak.free.fr/

CLASBEC - Temple Lao Vat Simoungkoune
a.k.a. Association Bouddhiste Lao du Bas-Rhin
5, rue Hansi
67460 Souffelweyerscheim
Phone : 03 88 81 97 38
Phone : 03 88 81 97 65

Wat Lao de Thourie
21, rue J. B. Hanet
35134 Thourie
http://watlao.free.fr

Vat Toulouse
1, rue Vendôme
31000 Toulouse
Phone: 05 61 40 33 92

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Germany

Wat Sibounheuang
Benzstrasse 9-11
68804 Altlussheim
Tel/FAX:  +49 6205 100734
Email: info@wat-sibounheuang.de
http://www.wat-sibounheuang.de/

New Zealand

Wat Lao Buddharam Association Trust
5 Nixon Avenue
Otahuhu, Auckland
Phone: 09 276 0873
























That Luang Building Festival - Boun That Luang / Boun Kathin

Time
Sunday, November 6 · 10:00am - 1:00pm

Location
4845 Rio Linda Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95838 Wat Phosiesattanak(Wat Rio Linda)

Information: 10am- Morning Service / Thak Baht (Offering Food & Rice) / Afternoon Lunch

Teaching: Love, Kindness, Compassion, & Forgiveness
Activities:
~ Yaat nam - Washing to transfer the merits(good deeds) from the offering to the deceased
~Present new orange robes to the monks
~Procession around That Luang Building

...Please Tell Others about this Event...

"One of the basic points is kindness. With kindness, with love and compassion, with his feeling that is the essence of brotherhood, sisterhood, one will have inner peace. This compassionate feeling is the basis of inner peace."
~~Buddhist Quote

~~Keep our LEGACY ALIVE~~
**Bring our children to learn about our Customs & Cultural Activities. If we do not teach children, how will they learn about their Cultural Identity? Tell Family & Friends!!!

Invitation:http://www.watriolinda.org/
Learn about the Holiday @ :  http://laolanguage.vislao.com/festivals_fold/nov.htm
Our Website: http://www.watriolinda.org/

Facebook Ushttp://www.facebook.com/people/Wat-Phosiesattanak/100001680234399

Watch Ushttp://www.youtube.com/user/Watlaopho/

Time: Sunday, September 18 · 10:00am - 1:00pm

Location: 4845 Rio Linda Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95838

Information: 10am- Morning Service / Thak Baht (Give Offerings) / Afternoon Lunch

Food Offering to Deceased- Prayers & Chants will be said on our behalf for those who have passed away
...Please Tell Others about this Event...

"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people."
--- Buddhist Quote

**Bring our children to learn about our Cultural Activities. If we do not teach children, how will they learn to become better people? Tell Family & Friends!!!

Thank you Your Donations and Support will help us build a Stronger Community 


Boun Hor Khao Salak - Ancestor Day

September 18th- Sunday Service/ Thak Baht (Give Offers)/ Afternoon Lunch

If they have passed way(deceased), Pay your Respects to them.
WatRioLinda.org

Family members offer prayers to their deceased relatives, offer food and drink.
Offering food to monks and the deceased (dead),  Burning incense, and
Chanting of scriptures,

Buddhist temples continue the ancient practice of donating to the Sangha (Monks) as well as to perform rituals for the spirits
and thus food-offerings are made to Benefit both



Merits for the living are also earned by the release of birds and fish.
Haw Khao Salak

Haw khao salak celebrates the deceased.   It takes place 15 days after haw khao padap din , on the full moon of the 10 th month of the Lao calendar.  

For this celebration, offerings to the dead are passed to monks during the morning ceremony at the temple, just after takbat .   A basket is filled with food and daily amenities such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, cigarettes, etc. along with the names of the dead persons the family wishes to honor.

The monk or novice who receives the basket, then draws, salak , the names from the basket.   He calls to each dead person and transfers the things through prayers.   Afterwards, the items are shared among the monks and novices.   After their needs are met, the remaining items are stored for future use, contributed to a local school or hospital, or distributed to needy people.   It depends on the head monk's decision at each temple.

After the salak, the ceremony continues with the acceptance of the Five Precepts, and the chanting in Pali from Buddhist texts.  

In the evening at 7 or 8 o'clock, is vien thien, a candlelit procession.   First, the head monk at the temple chants from the Buddhist texts.   Then lay people walk in a clockwise direction three times around the sim .   It is important to keep your right side towards a sim or that .   Afterwards the candles, incense and flowers are placed near the side of the sim .

At haw khao padap din and/or haw khao salak, some families prepare a special tray or basket with bowls of the deceased's favorite foods.   This is called pha khao thip . The food is eaten by the monk receiving the tray who transmits the giver's merit to the honored dead. 

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The sounds of Saiyanto, a Buddhist chant, wafted from the temples of Vientiane last Friday as monks and novices gathered to celebrate the Horkhaosalak Festival.

Believers took time from their jobs and studies to join in the festivities at their local temples.

Though Buddha departed from our world more than 2,500 years ago, his teachings remain to remind followers to make merit for themselves and their ancestors on important days in the Buddhist calendar.

Each year on this occasion the faithful get up early to take gift baskets to the temple by 7am. Offerings may include fruits, sweets, dried fish and meat, salt, sugar, rice or flowers, varying from family to family.

Temples around the country were crowded with women of all ages wearing the traditional sinh (long skirt) combined with colourful silk blouses. Young men were in formal clothing.

Their faces beaming with happiness, long ranks of believers stood on the temple grounds, embracing their silver bowls, waiting to place their offerings on long tables to be received by monks.

At 8am senior monks recited the five commitments to encourage lay people to make merit and give blessings.

After that they were welcomed to give their alms directly to the monks. At every corner of the temples, believers poured water from small bottles to ask Ngamae Thorani (a spirit guardian) to tell the spirits of their relatives it was time to receive their offerings.

If fortunate enough to have the time, festival participants sat on the sala (where monks and novices eat) to listen to the legend of the Horkhaosalak Festival.

Many see sharing a breakfast together after the monks and novices eat as a way of building solidarity amongst the community.

A resident of That Luang Neua, Ms Daomani, said the festival was an important opportunity to make amends with ancestors, relatives and the spirits of those whom she might have ag grieved in the past.

She hopes her actions during the festival will help the spirits grant forgiveness for her errors in this and past lives, and that she will be blessed with good health, success and protection.

However, she said she was aware these actions were symbolic, and that if you wanted to have better health and success in work, love or your studies, it depended on your own efforts.

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