Wat Nawamintararachutis

9 June B.E. 2549 (2006)
Wat Nawamintararachutis was built in honor of the Late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great (Rama IX) of Thailand in order to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of his coronation on 9 June B.E. 2549 (2006) and His Majesty’s 80th Birth Anniversary on 5 December B.E. 2550 (2007).   The temple was built by the initiation of Somdet Phra Maha Thirachan, who is a member of Thai Sangha Council, and President of Dhammaduta of Thailand, and the Abbot of Wat Yannawa in Bangkok, Thailand.  He is known for spreading Dharma activities to America.  In addition, he is the only clergy who is the Advisor of The WFB.

Somdet Phra Maha Thirachan was the President of Wat Nawaminrarachutis Commemorate Construction Project, of which  H.E. Phan Wannamethee, President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (The WFB), also took part of founding Wat Nawamin as well.

The location of this temple is in Raynham, Massachusetts, U.S.A., which was the area connected to Mount Auburn hospital where the Late His Majesty was born.  It was founded in B.E. 2545 (2002) and opened to public in B.E. 2557 (2014).  It is the largest Thai Buddhist temple, Meditation center outside Thailand, and Thai Cultural Council of Massachusetts in U.S.A.  It was built in Thai architectural blended with American styles on the 110,000 square-foot (96 acres) piece of land.  The name of the temple is composite of several Sanskrit words, meaning “the Temple of King Rama the Ninth of the Chakri Dyneasty” which in brief was called “Wat Nawamin”.

The main worship space (that houses a large golden Buddha statue) can accommodate 700 people and includes community rooms, lodging for monks and visitors, and museum/library including conference rooms and office space.  It is distinctive multi-tiered gables are characteristic of traditional Thai temples with adjustments suitable for Massachusetts weather conditions.  The temple was funded by the Royal Government of Thailand and Mr.Liem Sioe Liong, an Indonesian wealthy donor.   It serves as a place for people of all races, nationalities, and backgrounds to benefit from study, meditation and practice of Buddhism.  The extensive Sunday school program where children learn from an early age the percepts of Buddhism are available at the temple. Students’ ages range from 5 years of age through high school. In addition, there are special social and cultural activities for children and adults of all ages.