Wat Dhammararam Temple in Stockton: An Exploration
The Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple is a beautiful place for prayer and meditation. It’s a peaceful sanctuary that offers visitors an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The Wat has been around since 1976, and was originally built by members of the Cambodian community in Stockton, CA as a way to practice their faith freely after experiencing religious persecution in their home country. Today it serves not only Cambodians but people from all backgrounds who are looking for relaxation or spiritual guidance amidst the chaos of daily life.
Is the temple open to visitors?
Yes, Wat Dhammararam is open to visitors. Visitors are asked to remove their shoes before entering the prayer room and should dress modestly for a visit.
What services does Wat Dhammararam offer?
Wat Dhammararam offers meditation classes, healing sessions with blessings from monks (known as “Puja”), Buddhism lessons taught in English or Khmer, cultural events such as language exchanges and cooking demonstrations, religious ceremonies such as weddings and funerals overseen by Buddhist priests called “Khemaraj,” khatha scripture readings available on Saturdays only in Khmer that last about one hour each week day evenings after the evening prayers also known as ‘Thamara’ at Wat Rakhangkositv.
How should I dress to visit this temple?
The Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple welcomes visitors and does not have any dress codes.
What is the history of Wat Dhammararam?
Wat Dhammararam was founded in 1987 by a group of Cambodian refugees who were welcomed into Stockton, California with open arms. The Wat’s first temple building stood at the corner of Central Ave and Sutter Ln for over 20 years before it moved to its current location on W Taylor St (just off El Dorado Rd) in 2009. Wat Rakhangkositv has been hosting prayer services since 1997 when they joined forces with Wat Imahaviharn which served as their spiritual home until it closed due to retirement in 2010.
Is this a family friendly place?
Yes. Wat Dhammararam welcomes visitors of all ages and backgrounds to come as they are, whether that means wearing a tuxedo or flip-flops. Wat Dhammararam is known for being an open “welcoming” space where people can explore their spirituality without feeling any pressure to conform to the norms of other religions. Mobile Mechanic Pros is happy to serve this area.
What do I need in order to visit Wat Dhammararum Temple?
You don’t have anything special you need in order to visit Wat Dhammararam Temple but if it’s your first time we recommend going on a Saturday when our temple offers free tours at 11 am and 12:30 pm with the last tour starting at 12 noon.
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