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Songdhammakalyani monastery

Songdhammakalyani Monastery (SDK) is situated on Petkasem Hwy., the major highway leading from Bangkok to the south. One can literally continue on this Highway to the border connecting Thailand to Malaysia and through Malaysia to Singapore.
The temple is on the left, if you come from Bangkok, it is 53 kms. west of Bangkok. By bus, the bus driver will allow you to get off just in front of the temple. The landmark is a huge golden laughing Buddha in front of the temple.

Historically, Ven.Voramai Kabilsingh, the founder of the temple purchased the land from the Queen of King Rama VI in 1960. The lot is 6 rai (minimum allowable to build a temple) During King Rama VI’s reign he had Sanamchan Summer Palace built in the city of Nakhon Pathom, just 3 kms. further from the temple. The land in and around the area where the temple is now situated was previously ownen by the royal members. The lane next to the temple is still called “Trok Wang” which means “the palace lane.”

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Ven. Ta Tao Fa Tzu

Ven.Voramai Kabilsingh as she was known by her layname, was born in 1908 in Rajburi province. She was the first abbot who led a very colorful and interesting life. In 1972 she travelled by bicycle from Bangkok to Singapore.   She was the only Girl Scout to travel by bicycle.  It took her 29 days, a record that still stands today. 

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Buddhasavika Training

In 1992 Ven.Grandma (Ven.Voramai Kabilsingh) turned 84 years old, Ven.Dhammananda at that time was not yet ordained; she initiated the first Buddhasavika training. There were 108 women joining the training. She told Ven.Grandma that she would like to offer the wholesome to Ven.Grandma on her 84th birthday. Ven.Grandma envisioned big trees growing in the temple with yellow blossoms as a sign that the work of Dr.Chatsumarn to serve Buddhism would be prosperous. 

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Samaneri Ordination

At Songdhammakalyani Monastery, we offer samaneri (female novice) ordination twice a year, April 6th and December 5th. Each ordination lasts 9 days with full training. If you are interested find the registration form on our website, fill in and mail to us. There is basic expense of B 1000 for the process of registration. All the expenses will be covered by the monastery. Of course, if you want to make donation, that is welcome. Robes and bowl will be provided.

                When your registration is admitted, you are expected to arrive at the temple 3 days prior to the actual ordination for both the preparation, and rehearsal for the ordination. During the ordination you will not use mobile phone, and try to avoid having visitors. You will be mostly engaged in classroom, 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon.

                You are expected to attend both monastic rituals, morning and evening chanting with 30 minutes meditation after the chanting and communal work in the evening. Also many previous candidates looked forward to going for alms in the morning. Every samaneri will have a chance to receive alms on the morning alms round. We try to keep it the way it was done in the Buddha’s time.

                As a monastic you will take a communal breakfast at 7.00 A.M. and last meal of the day at 11.00 A.M. there will be drinks available in the afternoon and evening.

                You will be trained to follow monastic behavior as appropriate to Buddhist culture and also Thai culture. Apart from the clothing provided as monastic, you will need no others (there will be no night gown, no fancy underwear, etc.)                             

                As we get up early, we appreciate all candidates to turn off the light before 10.00 P.M.

Of course, if you come from the west, you will have more questions, feel free to ask.

                P.S. According to the vinaya requirement, ordination is not given to those who are not Buddhists. If you are from other culture, make sure you have already been a Buddhist at least for half a year.