Theravada Buddhism is practiced at the Thai Wat (Temple) in Austin

Theravada (pronounced — more or less — "terra-VAH-dah"), the "Doctrine of the Elders," is the school of Buddhism that draws its scriptural inspiration from the Tipitaka, or Pali canon, which scholars generally agree contains the earliest surviving record of the Buddha's teachings. tthe monks (bhikkhus) are easily recognized because they wear the characteristic orange robe, have their heads shaven, and go about barefoot. They are given a new name and the robe, and will have to live according to a code of 227 rules (the Vinaya).

Bhikkhus live a strict, simple life of meditation, study and work, with very short hours of sleep and only one meal a day. They do not own money or any possessions to speak of. They help with the important task of teaching and assisting lay people, and conducting ceremonies.

The Buddha — the "Awakened One" — called the religion he founded Dhamma-vinaya — "the doctrine and discipline." To provide a social structure supportive of the practice of Dhamma-vinaya (or Dhamma for short [Sanskrit: Dharma]), and to preserve these teachings for posterity, the Buddha established the order of bhikkhus (monks) and bhikkhunis (nuns) which we are part — to pass his teachings on to subsequent generations.


The (Temple) Wat Thai Austin is located on 5 acres with park like setting just east of Austin, Texas. There are several areas to the Wat.

The main worship room for sermons and meditation. The living quarters where the monks sleep and eat. The community event building  Dharma Hall that is 8000 sq ft and it can accommodate several hundred people for holiday events. It has a large dance floor and stage for entertainment.

Life as a Thai Buddhist Monk

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