Meditation Retreat, Wat Benelux, Friday 7th June – Sunday 9th June 2019

Venerable Dr Luang phi Nicholas will be leading a weekend meditation retreat in English at Wat Phra Dhammakaya Benelux in Lede, Belgium

Lp Nicholas is now based in the US and the only English Dhammakaya monk with over 20 years experience

Futher details at

Cost is €120 + €10 bedding. €25 cancellation fee. Make own travel arrangements


Songkran Thai New Year Festival, Sunday April 14th 2018, 10:00 am

This year’s Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival will be held on Sunday April 14th from 10:00 am onwards

All are welcome, please invite family and friends

Delicious Thai refreshments will be generously provided by local Thai restaurants and temple supporters

Visit to the Buddhist Society of Manchester

On December 1st 2018, the monks and temple supporters travelled to Sale, Greater Manchester to meet with members of the Buddhist Society of Manchester

The Buddhist Society of Manchester was founded in 1951, making it the second oldest Buddhist organisation in the country. In 1954 its members supported Venerable Kappilavaddho to travel to Thailand to become the first westerner there to ordain as a Buddhist monk, under the tutelage of Luangpu of Wat Paknam. Dhammakaya and the Buddhist Society of Manchester thus share a common lineage

Everyone present had an opportunity to meet, followed by a meditation led by Phra Ak and the presentation of gifts

Upcoming events for the remainder of 2018

Sunday 06th October 2018, 02:30 am. 1st Sunday of the month ceremony

Sunday 06th October 2018, 09:30 am. Dedication of merit ceremony

Wednesday 10th October 2018, 09:30 am. 134th Anniversary of Luang Pu Sodh’s Birth

Sunday 28th October 2018. Kathina Ceremony at Wat Dhammakaya London

Sunday 04th November 2018, 02:30 am. 1st Sunday of the month ceremony

Sunday 04th November 2018, 0930 am. Dedication of merit ceremony

Saturday 10th November 2018. Kathina Ceremony at Wat Dhammakaya Scotland

Saturday 11th 2018 November. Kathina Ceremony at Wat Dhammakaya Newcastle

Sunday 18th 2018 November. Kathina Ceremony at Wat Dhammakaya Manchester

Sunday 02nd December 2018, 02:30 am. 1st Sunday of the month ceremony

Sunday 02nd December 2018, 0930 am. Dedication of merit ceremony

Friday 28th December 2018 – Tuesday 01st January 2019. New Year Temple Stay and Retreat



Kathina Ceremony, Sunday November 18th 2018, 08:30 to 15:00

We are delighted to invite you to attend the Grand Annual Kathina Ceremony  on Sunday, 28th October 2018, from 08.30 to 15.00 hrs

08.30am – Registration
09.00am – Meditation
10.30am – Alms Giving Ceremony
11.00am – Offering midday meal to the monks and lunch time for all participants (enjoy a large variety of Thai food and drinks provided by temple supporters)
01.30pm – Paying homage to the Buddha by walking around the temple
02.00pm – Kathina Ceremony
03.30pm – Finish

The Kaṭhina robe offering ceremony is most important annual festival in Theravada Buddhism. Participants enjoy the ceremony, performing many meritorious acts

People gather in the temple, undertake the five precepts, and listen to Dhamma talks. The first session is concluded before noon. Thereafter, the devotees serve a meal to the Monks and enjoy a large variety of Thai foods and desserts provided by temple supporters

The main theme of Kaṭhina begins at midday, around 13:00, where monks give Dhamma talks and talk about the significance of the Kaṭhina robe offering. A representative of the laypeople leads the ceremony and announces the offering. At the ending session, the festival is concluded by sharing the accumulated merits to relatives and sentient beings.