Layton Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center
644 E. 1000 North, Layton, UT 84041-4220
Tradition: Theravada Buddhism
Contact: Roberta Chase at (801) 966-0639
Name: Wat Dhammagunaram
Tradition: Theravadan Buddhist
Affiliation: Thai Bhikkhu Council
Location: 644 East 1000 North Layton UT 84041
Phone: (801) 544-7616
Leadership: The Venerable Phrakhru Phutthiyansophon, Abbot
History: (ref: Asian
Americans in Utah: A Living History)
The first home for the temple was a small home located at 3417 Van Buren Avenue in the city of Ogden. Due to the limited size of this facility and the Thai community's affiliation with Air Force personnel, large services and celebrations were often held at the Hill AFB chapel.
The second home for the temple was located at 397 South Fort Lane in Layton. While larger than the first facility, it also proved inadequate for the long term needs of the congregation. The congregation decided to purchase an existing church building in Layton and remodel the facility for their use. The current location of the Wat Dhammagunaram at 644 East 1000 North in Layton was consecrated in 1995. While members of the congregation are predominantly Thai, there are also Laotian and Cambodian members.
Services and Programs: Services are conducted primarily in Thai along with Laotian, Cambodian, and English. Chanting is conducted in the traditional Pali language of Theravada Buddhism. Sunday services are held at 10:00 AM and are followed by a community luncheon.
In addition to serving as a Thai cultural center, the Wat also serves the wider Utah community with a Mediation Center. Mediation retreats and activities are held on a regular basis. Major annual celebrations include the Washing of the Buddhas and the Thai New Year celebration. A special celebration in August 2001 included a display of the Relics of the Buddha as part of the 22nd anniversary of Wat Dhammagunaram.
Photos of Interior and
Exterior of Temple:
Photos from Display of the Relics of the Buddha:
Photos from "Support Our Troops" Celebration
Photos from Kathin Robe Offering Ceremony