Overnight, a new temple known as “Vajiradhammapadip Temple” was established at 179th Street in West Bronx. The internet site is a property on a 4, 121.5 square-foot plot of land bought with donated funds of $ 43,000. The two monks moved in to residence on July 21, 2518/1975. The following day the Temple was granted legal status and its official establishment marked. Since then it is this new temple that has been recognized to the public and has been serving Thai people and Buddhists of other nationalities in the Tri-State locations of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as nicely as in other neighboring States.
As the internet site of the temple was too small for the various activities of the large Thai community of the Tri-State locations, it was moved on July 17, 2526/1983 to the present web site in Mount Vernon, a two-acre plot of land bought at the value of $ 310,000.
As for the other temple, though it remained inactive for years, without having monks in residence and with troubles unsolved, efforts continued to bring the difficulties to remedy. On September 12, 2518/1975, the Temple was granted by His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand the honorary name of ‘Usabudhyaram Temple’. Lastly, its executives made a selection to abolish the Buddhist Study Center, Inc. to transfer the Center’s property to the Buddha-Sasana Temple, and to hand over all activities of and executive energy over the Buddha-Sasana Temple to the monks who represent, or are authorized by, the Buddhist Order of Thailand. So far the transaction has not been carried out.
During the Vassa period of 2526/1983, five monks resided at Vajiradhammapadip Temple, which includes a going to monk. Situated in the principal Atlantic port of entry to the United States, the Temple is usually visited by monks and groups of monks coming to the United States, who might stay for a quick or extended even though before resuming their travels. Additionally, as New York City is the largest city in the U.S. with a massive Thai population, consisting of folks of numerous professions and occupations (Thai healthcare doctors, Thai nurses, Thai businessmen, Thai taxi-drivers, Thai bartenders, Thai students, etc.), Vajiradhammapadip Temple has grow to be, in New York, the principal center and, in the United States as a entire, a focal center of Thai religious and cultural activities. It is frequented by a lot of folks and welcomes guests, Thai, Americans and these of other nationalities, who come from the Tri-State area, from other far more distant states and from Thailand. Merit-creating ceremonies and festival have come into vogue here. Once more and once more, gatherings of buddies and relatives are observed participating in merit-producing ceremonies, held at the Temple or at the houses of the alms-givers, on auspicious occasions such as birthdays, weddings and property-blessings, and on funeral and memorial occasions. Virtually all Buddhist holy days and yearly festive occasions like New Year’s Day and Songkran are observed and celebrated, getting attended by such large gatherings of individuals that the comparatively modest creating of the temple can hardly accommodate them.
Nonetheless, it is the Buddhist Sunday school classes (with an enrollment of about 70 in 2520/1977) that is the main on-going activity of the temple. In addition to lessons in Thai language, morals and common social studies, the Temple’s teaching employees, which consists of monk-residents and volunteers, gives its young students, at ages ranging from 3 to twelve, particular lessons and training in painting, Thai dance and Thai sword play. Now and again, the Temple school is invited to send its young students to carry out shows of Thai dance and Thai sword play at festivals and fairs held or sponsored by various Thai groups and associations. Classes in Pali and Thai language for English speaking men and women are held from time to time, depending on the quantity of students and space in the building. The Temple Library, roughly divided into English and Thai sections, plans to location its emphasis on Buddhist studies, Thai studies, Southeast Asian research and Thai literature.
Meditation coaching is presented only if there is a meditation-master monk in residence at the Temple or a visiting master has been invited by the Temple to hold a education session. On invitation, some monks go at instances to provide lectures and engage in discussions on Buddhism and associated subjects at other religious institutions, colleges and universities. The Temple issues a periodical named “Dhammapadip” which is published as component of the celebration on the occasion of annual Buddhist holy days and conventional Thai festivals. There are six numbers a year. Books, booklets and pamphlets are also published from time to time to realize the objectives of propagating Buddhism and publicizing the activities of the Temple.