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2021 Calendar: Activities at Songdhammakalyani Monastery

6-10 February 2021     Silent Retreat

26-28 February 2021 Buddhasavika Training Batch no. 83

6-10 March 2021 Silent Retreat

6-15 April 2021 Temporary Female Novice Ordination Batch no. 26

1-5 May 2021 Silent Retreat

      June 2021 7th International Monastic Training (IMT7)

3-7 July 2021 Silent Retreat 

24-26 July 2021 Buddhasavika Training Batch no. 84

25 July 2021 Beginning of Vassa / Buddhist Lent / Rain Retreat

25-26 September 2021 Buddhasavika Training Batch no. 85

4-8 September 2021 Silent Retreat 

1-5 October 2021 Silent Retreat

21 October 2021 End of Vassa / Buddhist Lent / Rain Retreat

7 November 2021 Kathina Ceremony / In-season Robe Offering Ceremony

 November 2021 Asian Buddhist Connection Conference (ABC4), Nepal

5-14 December 2021 Temporary Female Novice Ordination Batch no. 27

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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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