Bang pots. Catch some fireworks. Or go search interior peace.
On New 12 months’s Eve, 5 Buddhist monks will collect on the Mongkoltepmunee temple in Bensalem to chant age-old blessings of happiness, safety and peace.
After two hours of incantation beginning at 10 p.m., the monks will cease at midnight to meditate and bless all these in attendance on the temple at 3304 Knights Street.
Then, they are going to return to chanting for an additional two hours earlier than the solar rises on Jan 1, 2022.
New 12 months’s just isn’t a very necessary occasion for Thai Buddhist monks, who imagine time is an phantasm. The Buddha taught to stay within the current second. Don’t fret in regards to the future or previous.
But, karma can be an element for the devoted. The belongings you do in 2022 may decide your standing within the subsequent life.
“We set the intention for happiness and peace,” mentioned Monk Dhammarat Mahorjan of the New 12 months’s ceremony.
“You have to discover happiness and peace,” he defined. “In case you are not at peace, how will you assist others?”
Blessings can be chosen for peace and happiness within the new yr, Mahorjan mentioned.
In case you go to Mongkoltepmunee, masks are required when contained in the temple, and you could take away your sneakers upon entry.
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Contained in the Wat Mongkoltepmunee Temple
Monks of Theravada, or “Faculty of Elders,” Buddhism imagine the spirit is polluted by the trimmings, temptations and fears of recent life.
Throughout meditation, they visualize the spirit, or consciousness, as a glass orb stuffed with a luminescent mild. This orb of consciousness rests within the middle of the physique, simply above the navel.
Monks of the Wat Mongkoltepmunee (pronounced Mong-kol-tape-mu-nee) first started their work in Bensalem in 2008 the place they constructed a glittering temple off Knights Street.
The seven-story temple is adorned with trimmings of pink and gold imported from the Far East.
Climb the cascading stairs and also you may come head to head with a 6-foot golden Buddha imported from Thailand. Inside, chandeliers splinter the daylight. Outdoors, glimmering bronze deities dance atop pillars of evergreen.
The Mongkoltepmunee order has lengthy held meditation courses for most people. Novices are invited to meditation practices at 4 p.m. each Saturday.
Many in-person temple actions had been cancelled due to COVID-19. Chanting for the sick and a few meditations had been carried out on Zoom. Incantations equivalent to Ratana Sutta turned a protecting chant and blessing used through the pandemic.
Bensalem’s 5 Mongkoltepmunee monks rise and meditate from 5 to 7 a.m. day-after-day earlier than breakfast. They can’t eat after 2 p.m. and should quick till the next morning.
On a latest Monday, Maree Kirkpatrick, of Bensalem, was volunteering within the temple. The monks don’t make requests for particular meals, as they need to keep away from need and temptation for any merchandise.
Kirkpatrick ready for the monks an fragrant dish of chili and garlic over rice, she mentioned. “They don’t request it, however I do know what they like.”
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