The Council of Thai Bhikkhus in U.S.A.

In June 2519/1976, chief monks and representatives from the 5 Thai Buddhist temples in the United States came to Denver and held a basic meeting at Wat Buddhawararam, having the intention to set up the means of successfully maintaining the unity and uniformity of monastic life and practices of Thai Buddhist monks amidst distinct environments in diverse components of the United Sates to exchange understanding and tips and to achieve cooperation among themselves in the efficiency of Buddhist activities and their religious duties. At that meeting a resolution was passed approving the establishment of a Buddhist organization called ‘The Council of Thai Bhikkhus in the U.S.A., Inc.’, which became incorporated beneath the Colorado Nonprofit Corporation Act on October 21, 1976.

According to the Bylaws and Constitution of the Council, all Bhikkhus present in the United States for religious duties with the approval of the Buddhist Order of Thailand shall be members of the Council, and a basic meeting shall be held-annually in June. At present, the workplace of the Council is positioned at Wat Buddhawararam of Denver. The Council serves as a liaison among all Thai Buddhist Bhikkhus in the United States. Among its objectives are to establish policy to further market, amend and enhance the religious and propagation practices of Thai Bhikkhus in the United States to be a center for the exchange of knowledge, ideas and cooperation amongst Thai Bhikkhus in the United States and in between the Thai Bhikkhus in the United States and the Buddhist Order of Thailand and to help and market activities of the Thai temples in the United States of America.

At present (2527/1984), there are 12 Thai Buddhist temples in the United States that send their representatives to attend the annual meeting of the Council. Listed right here are the names of monks in charge of these temples, their positions and the addresses of the temples, namely,

1. Ven. Phra Thepsophon
Abbot and President
Wat Thai of Los Angeles
12909 Cantara Street
North Hollywood, CA 81605

2. Ven. Phra Maha Surasak Thammarat
Abbot
Wat Thai of Washington, D.C.
9033 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

3. Ven. Phra Sudhiratanaporn
Abbot and President
Wat Dhammaram
7059 West 75th St.
Harlem, Chicago, IL 60638

four. Ven. Phra Visuddhisombodhi
Abbot and President
Vajiradhammapadip Temple
75 California Road
Mount Vernon, N.Y. 10552

five. Ven. Dr. Phra Vivekananda
Abbot and President
Wat Buddhawararam
4801 Julian Street
Denver, CO 80221

six. Ven. Phra Mongkolrajmuni
Abbot and President
Wat Mongkolratanaram
794 Grand Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080

7. Ven. Phra Maha Prayong Dhammasiri
Abbot
Wat Dhammakunaram of Utah
2636 Van Buren Avenue
Ogden, UT 84401

8. Ven. Phra Mongkolrajmuni
President
Wat Mongkolratanaram of Florida
5306 Palm River Road
Tampa, FL 33619

9. Ven. Phra Sudhiratanaporn
President
Wat Buddhavas of Houston
6007 Spindle Drive
Houston, TX 77086

10 Ven. Phra Sudhiratanaporn
President
Wat Buddharangsri
8004 S.W. 96 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173

11. Ven. Phra Maha Prasert Kavissaro
Abbot
Wat Buddhanusorn
1016 Daisy Court
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

12. Ven. Phra Mongkolrajmuni
President
Wat Phrasriratanaram
8463 San Rafeal
St. Louis, MO 63114

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