Wat Buddhajakramongkolratanaram (Wat Thai Buddhist Temple of Escondido)
139 W. 11th St.
Escondido, CA 92025
Metta Forest Monastery
13560 Muutama Lane
Valley Center, CA 92082
(619) 813-8461 [H: Every day: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM}
Wat Lao Boupharam
205 S. 65th St.
San Diego, CA 92114
Wat Lao Navaram Buddhist Monastery
6691 Manning Street
San Diego, CA 92111
Important: Some Pointers for Visiting (from Dr. Adler)
Generally, try to show up a little before 10:00 a.m. and look for people congregating. It may not be in the largest ornate building, so look around carefully and don’t hesitate to ask. The monks will chant and give a sermon between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. They will chant again to receive food (around 11:00 a.m.) before their midday meal. After the monks finish eating, members of the community will eat together and socialize.
It is a good idea to call the day before to ask if the monks will receive food offerings on Sunday. Sometimes, a special event will require the monks to be elsewhere and there will be no activities at the temple.
A good way to participate is to bring food to donate to the temple. It could be some fruit or simple prepared food (anything which can be divided and shared between four to eight monks).
A few basic rules to remember:
- Remove your shoes before entering any buildings
- Monks may not have physical contact with women; items may be exchanged by a male helper.
- Don’t be shy, the monks are in the U.S. for the purpose of educating and will be happy to talk, or to find someone who speaks English and can speak with you or translate.
- When sitting, avoid pointing your feet at Buddha images, monks or other people. Sitting cross-legged or with your legs folded behind you is safe. Observe others as a guide to what is expected.
- You will note that the participants try to keep their heads at a lower level than the heads of the monks, as an act of respect. This is not always possible, but a gesture in this direction is appreciated.
See also: Temple Etiquette and Dress Code