Sanghikaram Wat Khmer

This profile was last updated in 2014

History

With more than 4,000 Cambodians, Lynn is a North Shore center for the region’s Cambodian community. Many came to Lynn between 1975 and 1979 and in the early 1980s. In 1984, the newly-arrived residents began to raise money for a temple, and in 1985 the group acquired a former church, Calvary Baptist, which is located in the middle of the city’s Cambodian community, and converted it into a temple.

Description and Activities

The temple has since acquired a house across the street that is now a monastery residence for three monks. This year, three monks live at the temple as well. The monks officiate at ceremonies and celebrations of the temple, such as the Buddha’s birthday, the New Year’s celebration in the spring, the beginning and end of the rainy season retreat, and the annual fall robe-offering ceremony in which laity express their support of the monks by presenting new robes. Meetings take place daily at 5:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M.