Wat Phrayortkeo Dhammayanaram

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Wat Phrayortkeo Dhammayanaram

Wat Phrayortkeo Dhammayanaram temple

Tradition/Linage Lao
Main School Theravada
Founded 1975
President(s) Mr Phanh Aryavong
Abbot(s) Ajahn/Venerable Thongsavanh Chanthathirath
Contact Infotmation
Address 711-715 Smithfield Road
Edensor Park
New South Wales 2176
Country Australia
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Phone (02) 9823 7338, (02) 9908 1278
Mobile 0466 629 378
Fax (02) 9610 9075
Website http://www.watphrayortkeo.net/
Email nith@ozemail.com.au, phramick@gmail.com, airseevilai@gmail.com


Wat Phrayortkeo is a temple situated in the Fairfield area in Sydney in NSW. It is a Buddhist temple set up by the Lao community who have escaped the Communist take-over since 1975. This temple was built for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. It is a place where many Laotians come together to worship, to perform rituals and ceremonies and to celebrate different festivals. Most of all, it is a place to seek refuge in the Triple GemTaking refuge in the Buddha, the Dhamma (the Teachings of the Buddha) and the Sangha (the community of monks). Many seek a path out of suffering and they urge for an inner peace and solitude.

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the monks at work

Ajahn/Venerable Thongsavanh Chanthathirath is our Abbot at Wat Phrayortkeo. He has devoted his life to the “Dhamma”. As an Abbot his duties are immense. He has a number of Sangha who preside at the Kuti and they follow the Theravada tradition and rules of the Vinaya. Through the years, we have noticed that he has welcomed everyone with open heart. He is always there for those who have no one to turn to especially those who have no families or relatives in times of trouble. His message is that if we have the urge to do something and it is beneficial for others, go ahead and do it. But if it is harmful, selfish and not benefit for others, we should best avoid it.

When we seek to understand about Buddhism it is a study about ourselves. Buddhism is about the nature of the mind. The mind has been so agitated, restless and never satisfied. Here we have our nuns who gather during the full moon days to meditate on non-attachment and impermanence. Through meditation, we find contentment in the simplest things around us. We become aware. We are grateful for our elders for showing us the way to inner calmness.

We do need all the financial assistance we can get. However, we have found that through the service and sacrifice of each individual, we are able to build not just a new hall but a new heart as well.

One of our newest structures is the Multi-Purpose Hall. There are many many volunteers who devoted their time and energy and have been committed to the building of our Multi-Purpose hall from scratch. The hall was build by the “heart”.