Wat Lao Buddhavong Inc

Blessings of the Buddha

aka WAT LAO BUDDHAVONG   |   Wellington, FL   |  http://www.watlaobuddhavong.org

Mission

To celebrate, share and preserve the Lao expression of Theravada Buddhism with traditional ceremonies, festivals, dhamma teaching, novice practice and engagement with the Sangha.

Notes from the nonprofit

Announcing the Wat Lao Buddhavong Ancestor Garden Project!!! We are creating a beautiful permanent resting place for the stupas of our ancestors on 12 acre area of land at Wat Lao Buddhavong property. The Ancestor Garden will feature meditating walking paths or personalized bricks, dedicated trees, fountains, and statuary and will incorporate important Buddhist symbols. We have invited Landscape Designs from some of the best Landscape Architects in the country and will share the finalists with the community to help choose the perfect design. Stay tuned!

Ruling year info

2006

The Venerable Dr. Achan Chandra Chandaphone Chakkavarro, President

Dr. Phonexay Mingsisouphanh

Main address

12161 Ken Adams Way Suite 211

Wellington, FL 33414 USA

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EIN

54-2031167

NTEE code info

Buddhist (X50)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

WAT LAO BUDDHAVONG addresses the problem of the dilution and disappearance of traditional Buddhist spiritual practices and living.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Buddhist Ceremonies, Festivals and Dhamma Talks

Temple Events

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants in conferences

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Attendees at large festivals.

Total number of conferences held

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of Large Festivals Per Year

Total number of free admissions

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total Visitors to the either of the Temples in Virginia and India.

Number of teachers retained after 12 months

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of resident Ordained Bhikku Monks in the Temples in both Virginia and India.

Number of free participants of guided tours

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

People taking pilgrimage tours of the Buddhist Holy Sites in Bod Gaya, India, and staying for free in our Temple there.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

WAT LAO BUDDHAVONG strives to (1) to promote the survival and prosperity of the Lao expression of Theravada Buddhism, its people, monastic practices, and culture by providing educational and spiritual services and support to the general public and to students interested in spiritual and cultural development; and (2) to provide opportunities to learn about Southeast Asian and Indian spiritual art, languages, philosophy, and to study and practice Theravada Buddhism.

We have two main strategies to meet our goals:

(1) To promote the survival and prosperity of the Lao Expression of Theravada Buddhism we operate two large traditional Theravadan Monastic Temples - one near Washington DC in Catlett, Virginia and the other in Bod Gaya India. We maintain an active faculty of Ordained Bhikku Monks in both locations and carry on the traditions, celebrations, ceremonies and dhamma talks year round in both locations. We provide novice ordinations for families whose children are led to serve on a short term basis to make Boon. We promote and celebrate the international nature of the worldwide Buddhist community and host multicultural collaborative events with other religious groups. We serve as a refuge for needy individuals from the community who seek spiritual and temporal support. We lead traditional funerary, birth, wedding

(2) To provide learning opportuities at regularlt scheduled events and on demand - in person and via video conferencing opportunities to learn about Tibetan art, language, philosophy, and to study and practice Tibetan Buddhism, we maintain a center in Rochester, New York and sponsor teachings by Tibetan lamas in locations around the USA.

We have constructed elaborate traditional monastic temple complexes,including monastic housing, large sanctuary halls and meditation gardens on real estate that we own in Catlett, Virginia and in Bod Gaya, India. In both Temples, we conduct formal ceremonies in Pali, the original language of the Buddha on all major Buddhist Holidays as well as on the Lao New Year and on the Fourth of July. On Lao New Year and the Fourth of July we host large festivals that include important ceremonies and a wide variety of cultural activities including traditional music, and dance, food, parades and open markets. More than 20,000 visitors attend each of the New Year and Fourth of July festivals. We also have a substantial travel budget that permits the elder Venerable Monks to lead pilgrimages to the Buddhist Holy sites in India and to visit and and commune with other Buddhist temples throughout the United States and the world.

Wat Lao has succeeded in growing its membership from a handful of Lao refugees meeting in a living room in Arlington Virginia in the 1980s to an international world renowned Buddhist organization with over 30,000 active members worldwide; assets valued at six million dollars; an extensive collection of Southeast Asian religious artifacts and art; and multi-generational engaged community leaders from many different backgrounds. In the future, we plan to make access to our services more internet based (motivated largely by the COVID quaratines) and to develop a new Museum and Educational Center to house the large collection of art and artifacts and classroom and lecture facilities to expand and improve our outreach efforts to include school tours, long distance visiting groups, and the general public.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently published on our website all of the historical legal and financial documents to make them more easily accessible to anyone who would like to view them.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Wat Lao Buddhavong Inc

Board of directors
as of 5/22/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Phonexay Mingsisouphanh

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Term: 1989 - 2022

Sisomphanh Sanginthirath

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Phayaliane Vorachak

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Thinnat Nachampasak

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Panta Phrasavath

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Ketsada Thanasouk

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Achan Ontha Migsisouphanh

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Ilene Tognini, Esq.

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