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Wat Lao Buddhavong. Inc is located on a beautiful landscape of 58.7 acres, which is about a 40 minutes drive from the Capital Beltway. It has drawn Buddhists from all over the United States and abroad. The main ceremonial building of the temple, the Sala Hong Tham (Dhamma Hall), was dedicated on July 3, 1993. The recently finished paintings on one side of the upper wall tell the story of the Lord Buddha and on the other side tell the story of His preceding lives. These paintings create a magnificent atmosphere and are a great educational inspiration for visitors.In addition to the regularly scheduled religious celebrations, two prominent events at the Wat Lao Buddhavong are (1) the celebration of the Lao New Year, around mid April and (2) the Cultural Festival, scheduled to coincide with the 4th of July Celebration. Wat Lao Buddhavong is the host temple for the 2001 International Vesak Celebration.

Wat Lao Buddhavong was founded in 1979 to preserve traditional Theravada Buddhist practice by encouraging the study and learning of Buddhism and promoting understanding among all seekers of Buddhist teachings.  Wat Lao Buddhavong is organized and operated exclusively as a non-profit charitable and religious institution and performs all the religious activities of a traditional Theravada Buddhist Temple.   Membership is open to anyone seeking to grow in the Dhamma and be involved in the Temple. Wat  Lao Buddhavong welcomes members, visitors, and students from all over the world.


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