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Raising of the Meditation Hall's Gable Apex and a Seminar on "the Practicing of the Religious Cores for World Peace" at Wat Suddhavasa Buddhist Meditation Center, Riverside, California


On August 26, 2018, Tanee Sangrat, Consul - General of Thailand joined the Raising Meditation Hall's Gable Apex Ceremony and participated in the seminar on “the Practicing the Religious Cores for the World Peace.” The morning session of the seminar consisted of a special lecture on “Buddhism and the World Peace” by Ven. Walpola Piyananda, President Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California.

After the morning session, the participants including members of the Thai community enjoyed food and drinks offered by Wat Suddhavasa Buddhist supporters and the Thai American community.

The afternoon session began with a discussion by religious such as head monks from various temples who represented Buddhism, Prof. Jones John along with his co-professors from La Sierra University who represented Christianity, Prof. Dany Doueiri, California State University San Bernardino, who represented Hinduism, and other religious leaders who congregated and prayed together for World Peace.

Consul-General Tanee delivered his remarks on religious freedom and diversity in Thailand and the fact that disunity or differences of views in Thailand had been and still are generally political and economic in nature not religious. The Consul-General assumed duty in Los Angeles two years ago with a top priority of strengthening unity by, among other means, bringing together different religious groups in the Thai American communities including building community within their own faiths. The Thai American community in his jurisdiction of 13 states has overcome differences over the past few years.

After the seminar, the Consul – General gave opening remarks for the raising of the Meditation Hall’s Gable Apex and led the community in a parade around the main temple hall followed by the raising of the gable apex.





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