Wat Sri Suphan, Chiang Mai, Thailand
large collection of high-definition creative commons photographs from this innovative temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand, showing the architecture, statues, modern murals, reliefs and decoration work, together with further information.
Viharn Ubosot Medallions
The Vision of Sri Suphan Temple
By Ven. Phra Kru Pitak Sutthikhun
Abbot of Srisuphan Temple
translation by Namfon Amornsurakarn
Our Vision: A commitment to sustain Buddhism, its culture and traditions in conjunction with the development of a local education center and a sustainable economic community.
History: According to the inscriptions found locally on Red Sandstone, King Muang Kæw (1495-1526) of the Mangrai dynasty and his mother ordered a military offical called Khun Luang Ja Kham to bring a Buddha statue to this place and they built a temple in the year 1500 CE. In ancient times the temple was called Sri Suphan Aram (= Temple). Later, the Vihara, Chetiya and Ubosot were built in that order and were completed around ten years later. All the buildings together with the surrounding areas and twenty families were given to take care of the Temple.
Present: Sri Suphan Temple has been a vast source of knowledge concerning the art, culture, education and handicrafts, including lost-wax casting and silverwork, from the past until the present. There is still a living culture regarding these handicrafts, but knowledge about statue-casting, silverwork and other handicrafts are in danger these days owing to the changing times and there are not many people to whom this knowledge is being passed on.
Ven. Phra Kru Pitak Sutthikhun, the Abbot of Sri Suphan Temple since 1992, and the Committee of Sri Suphan are well aware of the problems and intend to preserve and maintain the heritage passed down in the culture from their predecessors. Therefore they have outlined the many activities that are needed to lead to the vision, mission and objectives of the Temple. They are supported by the Sangha in Chiang Mai, and also by the National Office of Buddhism, the Government and by the private sector who appreciate local culture and knowledge especially in regard to Lanna craftsmanship at Sri Suphan Temple.
Current Tasks, Activities & Projects
We propose to support these aims as follows:
The projects are based on the doctrine and discipline in Buddhism, integrated with the King's philosophy of economic sufficiency to achieve the sustainability of the Buddha's dispensation, local communities and the country.
The Result over the Past 10 Years: even though there is a change in development that has contributed to a positive outcome for the community, the approach has not yet lead to the achievement of all our goals on each project as expected. There are various obstacles that have been encountered, which we can list as follows:
Such problems and obstacles have been encountered, but Sri Suphan Temple and those who are involved have been seeking a solution to these problems and making efforts to overcome them. However, to achieve the task they need support from the Government, the private sector and those who appreciate the local culture and knowledge, by participation at all levels to achieve our objectives together so as to sustain the Lanna traditions and keep alive the dispensation of the Buddha, and to glorify our King, Rama IX of the Chakri Dynasty.
Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu
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