BANGKOK, 18 February 2011 (NNT) – Thailand’s first clay monastery will be built as a tribute to His Majesty the King on the occasion of His 84th Birthday Anniversary.
According to the Office of the Secretary of the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, His Holiness Somdej Phra Nyanasamvara, the Supreme Patriarch, has accepted to be the patron of the project to construct the first-ever clay monastery in honor of His Majesty the King in conjunction with His 84th Birthday Anniversary on 5 December 2011.
The monastery will be located in Khok Si Suphan district, Sakon Nakhon province. All stupas, uposatha hall, as well as cleric houses will be made of clay. The secretariat said portions of the soil used in the construction will be brought from the Four Holy Places of Buddhism in India, Nepal and Pakistan. To make the new monastery even more special, the Supreme Patriarch will graciously give a jade Buddha statue in the meditating position, with 9-inch lap size that he brought from India, as the principal Buddha image for the uposatha hall once it is completed.
The uposatha hall will be 15 meters long and 7 meters wide. It is expected to be able to contain no less than 50 monks at a time, and built with a budget of no more than one million baht. Inmates who are nearing completion of their sentences and have undergone construction training will be hired to build the monastery.
NNT – National News Bureau of Thailand