Watt Munisotaram has invited 130-150 monks from around the world to help it perform a consecration of the Buddhist temple’s new Reflection Pond during a series of events Aug. 11-13.
On Aug. 11, major activity starts at 4:30 p.m. with beverages and dinner and vendors will be on site. A procession around the Reflection Pond starts at 6 p.m. when there will be a blessing dance. At 7 p.m., there will be a candle lighting and welcome speech. At 8 p.m., a flower offering, Deva blessing, youth blessing and dance, and candle dance will take place. At 9:30 p.m., lighted candles will be floated in the pond, which the public can participate in.
On Aug. 12, there will be a 9 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony, including a saluting of the flags, chanting, Apsara dance, and speeches by guest of honor. At 10:30 a.m, there will be a rice bowl offering and blessings with alms food offering (lunch) to Buddhist monks and ritual blessings. Vendors and music with culture festivities will be throughout the day. At 6 p.m., there will be a procession around the temple with Buddha relics. At 7 p.m., a golden cloth from the Thormachak Stone will be unwrapped, followed at 8:30 p.m. with a candle ceremony with Ladies of Honor, Deva, Archars and youths blessings. The candle ceremony will end with a procession to have the candles floated on the Reflection Pond, which is open to the public. There will be entertainment with live music and dance after that.
On Aug. 13 at 9:30 a.m., there will be Buddhist ritual chanting followed from 10:30-11 a.m. with offering alms bowl and food (lunch) to Buddhist monks and ritual blessings. At 3 p.m., there will be a closing chanting to end the ceremony.
Watt Munisotaram is at 2925 220th St. E. in Hampton. For more information, call 651-463-3101.