美国将建泰国境外最大的泰国寺庙

Largest Thai temple outside of Thailand to be built in the USA

Raynham selectmen将南边老学校的建筑租给泰国佛教团体

汤顿每日公报,2013年1月11日

The Taunton Daily Gazette, Jan 11, 2013

汤顿,麻萨诸塞州 (美国) – 位于Raynham南大街东侧(South Street East)正在建设中的寺庙将被命名为Wat Nawamintararachutis,简称NMR中心。参与此项目的人员说,这个109,000平方英尺的大楼将成为泰国境外全球最大的泰国佛教禅修中心。

南大街东侧的泰国佛教寺庙主体已经完成,预计于7月份完成。图为(左起)寺庙的成员和僧侣,包括Kesinee Black,Unchalee Karoul,Phrapramuan Buddee,Mongkol Kuakool,Phian Sanooki,Phrawanlop Ketpromma,Ai Sreeta,和Lamiad Wechapak。

该建筑是专门献给泰国国王拉玛九世普密蓬·阿杜德(Rama IX, Bhumibol Adulyadej)的。 他于1927年在他的父亲就读于哈佛大学期间,出生在波士顿地区的一所医院。泰国政府同意资助该项目。

该建筑的功能中心将会有三层楼高。参观者进入一楼将会看到国王的一个博物馆,类似于一个总统图书馆,以及一间咖啡厅。二楼将会设有一间禅修室。第三层将会是寺庙,同时也会摆放一尊巨大的青铜佛像,重15吨,20到25英尺高,佛像将会从泰国以散装的方式运到该寺。

该寺庙将会安装一个华丽的金色佛塔或尖塔,使建筑物的总高度达到185英尺。该项目在功能方面,借用了如山墙等新英格兰建筑的风格,并将其与传统泰式寺庙建筑风格融合在一起。

工程进展

泰国佛寺或寺庙的框架,在过去的一年已经可以从路上看得到。但它随着外观上工作的进展,在近几个月来已经成型。整个冬天建筑工人都在继续施工。

寺庙的成员说,桑迪飓风(Hurricane Sandy)延误了工程进度,将预期完成日期往后推迟了大约1个月左右。泰国佛教界第一次为在Raynham建设泰国佛寺的构想采取行动是在2006年,那时泰国的佛教住持购买了位于Raynham的50英亩土地,并且一群僧侣搬到了附近。

2011年9月开始了破土动工。泰国的社区成员期待着该项目的完成,以便于新英格兰各地数百名泰国佛教徒可以参观每年举行的特别仪式和集会。 Lamiad Wechapak,NMR中心主任和寺院事务部经理,说外部结构完成后,将完成内部并添加建筑物的尖顶。

寺庙的成员说作为内部工作的一部分,室内展示的“精致”艺术品将会从泰国进口并由泰国工人来安装。

文章来源:http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=60,11280,0,0,1,0

翻译:圆怀,不惑

校对:沃色卓玛

 

Largest Thai temple outside of Thailand to be built in the USA

The Taunton Daily Gazette, Jan 11, 2013

Taunton, MA (USA) — The temple under construction on South Street East in Raynham is to be called the Wat Nawamintararachutis, or NMR Center for short. Those behind the project say the 109,000-square-foot complex will be the largest Thai Buddhist meditation center outside of Thailand.

The Thai Buddhist temple on South Street East has taken form, with a target completion date in July. Pictured, from left, are members of the temple and monks, including Kesinee Black, Unchalee Karoul, Phrapramuan Buddee, Mongkol Kuakool, Phian Sanooki, Phrawanlop Ketpromma, Ai Sreeta, and Lamiad Wechapak.

The structure is dedicated to Thailand’s reigning King Rama IX, Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was born in a Boston-area hospital in 1927 while his father studied at Harvard University. The Thai government agreed to finance the project.

The functional center of the building will be three stories high. Visitors will enter the first floor to find a museum for the king, similar to a presidential library, with a café as well. There will be a meditation room on the second floor. The third floor will be a temple with a giant bronze Buddha weighing 15 tons, standing 20 to 25 feet high, that will be shipped from Thailand in pieces.

The temple will be topped with an ornate golden Chedi or spire, bringing the building’s total height to 185 feet. The project features aspects of New England architecture, such as gables, blended into the traditional Thai temple architecture.

The progress

The frame of the Thai Buddhist wat, or temple, has been visible from the road for the last year, but it has taken form in recent months as work on the exterior progresses. Construction workers continue to work throughout the winter.

Members of the temple said Hurricane Sandy caused a delay in the work, setting back the estimated completion date by about a month. The Thai Buddhist community first took action on the idea of building a Thai Buddhist temple in Raynham in 2006, when a Thai Buddhist abbot bought the 50-acre Raynham property, and a group of monks moved to the neighborhood.

A groundbreaking was held in September 2011. Members of the Thai community look forward to the project’s completion, so that hundreds of Thai Buddhists from all over New England can visit for special ceremonies and gatherings that take place each year. Lamiad Wechapak, NMR Center director and monastery affairs manager, said that after the exterior is completed, the interior will be finished and the building’s spire will be added.

As part of the interior work, “delicate” artwork to be displayed inside will be imported from Thailand and installed by Thai workers, members of the temple said.