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VIDEO: Thai Buddhist temple takes shape in Raynham


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VIDEO: Thai Buddhist temple takes shape in Raynham

Marc Vasconcellos

Last update May 04, 2012 @ 08:16 AM

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RAYNHAM —

Monks in saffron robes chanted a blessing as the uppermost steel girder was hoisted 100 feet in the air and placed atop what will be the largest Thai Buddhist temple outside of Bangkok and the tallest structure in Raynham.

“As a Buddhist, there is great merit in participating in building this beautiful temple – not just for the Thai people but for all mankind,” architect Been Z. Wang of Architectural Resources Cambridge said at the “topping off” ceremony Thursday for the NMR Meditation Center at 382 South St. East.

Dignitaries from Thailand, members of the local Thai community, design and construction officials and workers, and monks in residence gathered to sign the girder – painted gold and bedecked with American, Thai and temple flags – before it was set in place.

Dr. Natthapat Saisena attended on behalf of Phra Promwachirayan, one of the highest-level Buddhist monks in Thailand, who is spearheading construction of the royal temple, Wat Nawamintararachutis, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the king’s ascension to the throne and 80th birthday.

“It is very good karma we have all come here to join hands,” Saisena said.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in about a year, Wang said. The finishing touch will be a magnificent golden chedi or spire, bringing the building’s height to 185 feet.

The center will be three stories high, without the chedi. Visitors will enter the first floor to find a museum for the king, similar to a presidential library, with a café. On the second floor will be a meditation room.

On the third floor will be a temple with a 20- to 25-feet high bronze Buddha statue weighing 15 tons and shipped from Thailand in pieces. It will be one of three Buddhas in the sprawling facility. The complex will also include a sculpture terrace overlooking a courtyard, monks’ living quarters, meeting room for 700 people and study-conference rooms.

“This will be a beautiful landmark in the town of Raynham,” project director Paul Chapple of Paul Chapple Real Estate Development Inc. said.

Monks in saffron robes chanted a blessing as the uppermost steel girder was hoisted 100 feet in the air and placed atop what will be the largest Thai Buddhist temple outside of Bangkok and the tallest structure in Raynham.

“As a Buddhist, there is great merit in participating in building this beautiful temple – not just for the Thai people but for all mankind,” architect Been Z. Wang of Architectural Resources Cambridge said at the “topping off” ceremony Thursday for the NMR Meditation Center at 382 South St. East.

Dignitaries from Thailand, members of the local Thai community, design and construction officials and workers, and monks in residence gathered to sign the girder – painted gold and bedecked with American, Thai and temple flags – before it was set in place.

Dr. Natthapat Saisena attended on behalf of Phra Promwachirayan, one of the highest-level Buddhist monks in Thailand, who is spearheading construction of the royal temple, Wat Nawamintararachutis, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the king’s ascension to the throne and 80th birthday.

“It is very good karma we have all come here to join hands,” Saisena said.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in about a year, Wang said. The finishing touch will be a magnificent golden chedi or spire, bringing the building’s height to 185 feet.

The center will be three stories high, without the chedi. Visitors will enter the first floor to find a museum for the king, similar to a presidential library, with a café. On the second floor will be a meditation room.

On the third floor will be a temple with a 20- to 25-feet high bronze Buddha statue weighing 15 tons and shipped from Thailand in pieces. It will be one of three Buddhas in the sprawling facility. The complex will also include a sculpture terrace overlooking a courtyard, monks’ living quarters, meeting room for 700 people and study-conference rooms.

“This will be a beautiful landmark in the town of Raynham,” project director Paul Chapple of Paul Chapple Real Estate Development Inc. said.

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