Tag Archives: Wat Pa Yen Boon

Panyaden Meditation Retreat

IMG_0963 Panyaden International School meditation retreat, July 2016
Panyaden teachers, staff from Mae Sai Hospital and other invited guests spent 4 days under the wise and kind guidance of Venerable Ajahn Jiew at Wat Pa Yen Boon in Chiang Rai. The retreat participants followed a daily routine that included morning and evening chanting, accompanying Ajahn Jiew on his daily alms round, daily chores, walking and sitting meditation, yoga and Dhamma talk and Q&A. Teachers have been reflecting on the wide benefits they got from the retreat and how they can apply these in the classroom. We are very grateful to Venerable Jiew for such a profound and enriching experience.

IMG_0619 Walking meditation and morning alms in Chiang Rai, Panyaden International School meditation retreat IMG_0864 Walking meditation and morning alms with Ajahn Jiew in Chiang Rai, Panyaden International School meditation retreat IMG_0907 Panyaden International School meditation retreat in Chiang Rai, July 2016 IMG_3661 IMG_3663 IMG_3665

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Panyaden Meditation Retreat for Teachers

DSCF5739 Panyaden teachers at meditation retreat in Chiang Rai
Thai teachers spent 5 days at Wat Pa Yen Boon in Chiang Rai on our annual meditation retreat for teachers, led by Venerable Ajahn Jiew. Each dawn began with a misty walk through the rice fields to collect alms offered by the local villagers.

DSCF5750 Morning alms collection, Panyaden meditation retreat for Thai teachers DSCF5800 Panyaden School meditation retreat for Thai teachers DSCF5852 Panyaden School meditation retreat for Thai teachers

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Panyaden Celebrates Jula Kathina

Panyaden Prathom students learning to weave cotton for Jula Kathina
Our Prathom students learning to weave cotton for Jula Kathina.

On 12 July this year, Panyaden School collaborated with Mae Sai Hospital in Chiang Rai to plant about 100 cotton trees at Venerable Ajahn Jiew’s temple (Wat Pa Yen Boon) for Jula Kathina, a traditional Buddhist merit-making ceremony.

Jula Kathina begins at the start of the rainy season retreat when the laity plant cotton trees on temple grounds. At the end of the three months, the cotton is harvested, woven and dyed for making monk robes (Kathin); this is a one-day process that requires community cooperation between monks and lay people to achieve the whole undertaking within such a short time frame.

Panyaden School Prathom students learning to weave cotton the traditional way. Photo of Kathin by https://verythai.co.uk/news/24-37/royal-katina-uk-buddhist-robe-ceremonies-2010.html.

Our Prathom 4 – 6 students are now busy learning traditional cotton weaving skills in school. They will travel with their teachers to Wat Pa Yen Boon on 31 October to participate in the Thot Kathina ceremony where they will weave and formally present the cloth to the monks.