Wat Phrayortkeo Dhammayanaram
Lao Buddhist Society of NSW. Incorporated
Lao Buddhist Temple, Sydney, Australia
Wat Phrayortkeo is a temple situated in the Fairfield area in NSW. It is a Buddhist temple set up by the Lao community who have escaped the Communist take-over since 1975. This temple was built for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. It is a place where many Laotians come together to worship, to perform rituals and ceremonies and to celebrate different festivals. Most of all, it is a place to seek refuge in the Triple Gem - Taking refuge in the Buddha, the Dhamma (the Teachings of the Buddha) and the Sangha (the community of monks). Many seek a path out of suffering and they urge for an inner peace and solitude.
Ajahn/Venerable Thongsavanh Chanthathirath is our Abbot at Wat Phrayortkeo. He has devoted his life to the "Dhamma". As an Abbot his duties are immense. He has a number of Sangha who preside at the Kuti and they follow the Theravada tradition and rules of the Vinaya. Through the years, we have noticed that he has welcomed everyone with open heart. He is always there for those who have no one to turn to especially those who have no families or relatives in times of trouble. His message is that if we have the urge to do something and it is beneficial for others, go ahead and do it. But if it is harmful, selfish and not benefit for others, we should best avoid it.
When we seek to understand about Buddhism it is a study about ourselves. Buddhism is about the nature of the mind. The mind has been so agitated, restless and never satisfied. Here we have our nuns who gather during the full moon days to meditate on non-attachment and impermanence. Through meditation, we find contentment in the simplest things around us. We become aware. We are grateful for our elders for showing us the way to inner calmness.
We do need all the financial assistance we can get. However, we have found that through the service and sacrifice of each individual, we are able to build not just a new hall but a new heart as well.
There are many many volunteers who have devoted their time, their energy and have committed in building our Multi-Purpose hall from scratch. The hall was build by the "heart".
Mr Phanh Aryavong, President of Lao Buddhist Society of NSW Inc. together with Hon. Nick Lalich, Mayor of Fair Field City Council and Leslie Unsworth, Place Manager of Bonnyrigg and Prairiewood officially launch the Footbridge from the temple to the Bonnyrigg park during the Lao New Year Festival on Sunday 10th April 2011.