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The Buddhist Monk Community or Order of Monks is named in Pali language the Sangha (see the link below).

The Abbot of Wat Dhammapateep, Phra Khruvinaithorn Somsak Subhalertis a monk from Wat Chakkawatrajawas in Bangkok, Thailand. You have seen his picture already on the 'Welcome' page.

He received the mission tot carry out the spiritual guidance of the Temple in Mechelen from his Master Phra Phuttiwongmunee, who at that time was the Abbot of Wat Chakkawatrajawas and Sub-Patriarch of the Thai Buddhist Council. Phra Phuttiwongmunee who solemnly opened the Temple on Juli, 1 2005 is deceased on Juli, 1 2006.


Since 2008 the Abbot is permanently present in our country with an exceptional  residence permit. During three years he was also staying at a Thai Temple in Washington. He speaks Thai, Lao and fluently English.

Regualarly other Thai and Lao monks come to Wat Dhammapateep, to reside temporarily, or during their visit or transit to other temples. From Wat Chakkawatrajawas circa 20 monks came to stay in Wat Dhammapateep.

Read more:        Portrait of the Abbot (video reportage)

                       15-02-2014 The Abbot receives the World Outstanding Buddhist Leader Award

                            The Sangha (The Monk Community)

Photo Gallery:    Theravada monks in Wat Dhammapateep

                            Wat Chakkawatrajawas

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