Early Morning at A Wat

Wat Pa Sup Anun, Si Bun Ruang

A busy weekend with several Buddhist events and some social stuff as well. I have covered the end of Buddhist Lent ceremonies before so I won’t do that again. Instead I have added some photos that touch on the topic but with a slightly different perspective.

Saturday at Wat Pa Sup Anun it was all go getting things ready for the official ceremony the next day. We went there to make our donation and see what progress had been made on the Buddha hall. Currently they are working on this large extension, which I think will house the Buddha statues when finished.

A table had been set up to record all donations. Each financial contribution is alway accompanied by a bowl of uncooked sticky rice, which goes into that orange bag, and flowers and a small head cushion. Gaun, Peng and Yuan.

Tony Vansutha/Eastmead. The guy on the left is called Karne and drives a tractor. He does all the heavy work on the farm and also cleared our new block of land in January just after we bought it.

The main entrance to the hall. The ladies are chatting to the the mother of Dit, the head monk. Village elders on the right waiting for lunch!

The new timber columns for this extension are just magnificent. All the beams are winched in manually. That monk has done a lot of the woodwork and never stops. They are putting another beam into place that I photographed being worked on at ground level in a previous post.

Sooner them than me.

Dit supervising work. He is just as likely to be getting his hands dirty. These forest wat monks are hard workers.

Meanwhile monks were working on the roofing of another section. Steel and fibreboard – nothing fancy.

A major timber puzzle. The usual safety gear.

Needless to say there was free food available for anyone who dropped in.

The new Buddha hall is replacing this small original building. Simple timber structures as are most forest wats.

Famous monks waiting to move into their new residence at some stage.

People lined up to get food to take home either for other family members who didn’t make it here or to have later on.

This little guy wasn’t too interested in the construction.

The floor is mostly done but some of it was pretty rough so I think they were just put there for the ceremony and will be finished properly later.

A bit of a mish mash and I am not sure if this will be the final look. Most timber wats have the boards with clean cut edges. Maybe work in progress.

Beautiful detail.

I much prefer these structures to the more conventional ones but each to their own. Dit’s mum closest to the camera.

See what I mean about the quality of the timber columns? Aren’t they special and imagine the weight to maneuver them into place.

It is rare to see kids on their own. They tend to travel in pairs or a group like this. Thais are socially orientated at any age.

Typical Isan countryside. The harvest is happening all over now so these postcard scenes will be replaced by burnt earth soon. This paddy is on Dit’s temple land given to him by his mum.

This is Sunday – the next day early in the morning

Moving to Sunday early morning. This is the feeding of monks ceremony and as I said I won’t cover that aspect much as I have already. Dit is very popular and there were good crowds in attendance.

The sky actually was like this that early morning – not just edited to look dramatic.

All ready to go. The monks do their walk around 7:00 am.

The guy on the right is called Tam and he headed the contract team that built our house. He’s also built a place for some Aussie blog readers close to Si Bun Ruang. The only building team I would trust in the area. This money tree has been donated by Tam’s family in Bangkok.

One of the pleasing aspects of life in Thailand is how often you see elderly folk being cared for by younger relatives. The support Gaun’s mama received from the daughters after her stroke was total and ongoing. You are less likely to end up in a aged home here just because everyone is too busy to look after you, or that’s my hope anyway 

Among Thai Buddhists, there is a general view of parents as the ‘household buddha’… hence, to honour and serve parents is as meritorious as indirectly serving the Buddha.

Alvin Sumedha Lee

I love these moments captured of ordinary local people. Many familiar faces these days.

I only add this photo because the third monk from the right is the guy who is normally running around high up on scaffolding. A brief moment at ground level for him.

There were about fifty monks, which was far too many for the small Buddha hall but most squeezed in.

The cooks are the heroes as always. Food being prepared in bulk to offer the monks later.

An excess for donated food. All offered to the monks first and then distributed to the crowd.

We didn’t stay around for when the food was served but I presume that some went elsewhere to eat. Dit in the centre.

A blessing from several monks before eating.

Any event is a chance to buy a lottery ticket.

After the ceremony we had friends over for coffee and then were invited by other friends to have lunch and join a party in their village On the way we stopped to buy some of these to take as a gift. What beautiful colours. Got something to sell? Stick a table out in front of your house and away you go. Mini entrepreneurship, everything we try to stamp out in our western societies. 10 baht a kilo.

We arrived at our friends house for lunch and then headed off to drop into a small festival and then to their farm on the edge of the village. Peng and one of our friend’s daughter’s heading off to the farm. 

Normally these donation ‘trees’ for temples are covered with money. This one is instead a towel version. Very colourful.

With the rice harvest underway the threshing machines are coming out of hibernation for a brief working season (all over in a month). This one has just had its 10,000 km service and is in tip top shape (or maybe not!) Pretty standard for all the machines I have seen. Still they get the job done.

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