Wat Pratum Sararam (full name of temple but people refer to it as Nong Bua) is located in the District of Doi Saket, which is roughly twenty-five minutes outside of Chiang Mai city. This temple is very close to Wat Doi Saket, which is the main temple we work with and our headquarters for meetings and general project organization. (Wat Doi Saket project)
Wat Nong Bua is a very small temple with approximately ten-fifteen monks and novices who live there. Even though it is small it has unique attributes, like this stained glass window, and is surrounded by several ponds. To better protect and conserve the fish, there is no fishing in the pond directly across from this temple. Since fishing is not allowed, feeding the fish is one way some people choose to make merit. Below is a short video of feeding the fish.
The Thai word for making merit is ‘tam boon’ and generally means donating to either monks or a temple. Ordaining as a monk is also a way to make ‘tam boon’. The Thai belief is that every time you make ‘merit’ you increase your good karma and it is something positive for this life and other lives.
The Abbott of Wat Nong Bua, Phra maha Sen, is a good friend of the program and has helped out with various projects. I hope you enjoy the photos and if you have any questions please leave us a comment!
Photos by David Poppe