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 common meeting at Wat Buddhawararam, possessing the intention to set up the implies of properly maintaining the unity and uniformity of monastic life and practices of Thai Buddhist monks amidst different environments in diverse parts of the United Sates to exchange understanding and concepts and to accomplish 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 general meeting shall be held-annually in June. At present, the workplace of the Council is located at Wat Buddhawararam of Denver. The Council serves as a liaison in between all Thai Buddhist Bhikkhus in the United States. Amongst its objectives are to establish policy to further promote, amend and boost the religious and propagation practices of Thai Bhikkhus in the United States to be a center for the exchange of knowledge, concepts and cooperation among Thai Bhikkhus in the United States and among 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

two. Ven. Phra Maha Surasak Thammarat
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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