Photo of the Wat Nawamintararachutis located in Raynham, MA USA taken Spring of 2016
Wat Nawamintararachutis is a working ThaiTheravadaBuddhisttemple or "wat" in Raynham, Massachusetts, which is about a half-hour south of Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It is one of only a handful of Thai Buddhist temples in the United States with actual Thai Buddhist monks in residence. Constructed on 35 acres (140,000 m2) previously occupied by a farm, it opened its doors to the public in June 2014. It is one of two Thai temples in Massachusetts; the other one is Wat Boston Buddha Vararam. The ground breaking ceremony for the temple took place on May 5–6, 2011. Construction was scheduled to start late June – July 2011. The temple was projected to be completed and open for practice by December 2012. The temple was named Wat Nawamin in honour of King Rama IX of Thailand, who was born on December 5, 1927 near Boston, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (at the Mount Auburn Hospital). At the time, the king's father lived in Brookline, Massachusetts and was a medical student at Harvard Medical School, one of the top medical schools in the world.
The temple is considered to be the largest meditation center outside Thailand.