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Wat Dhammapateep can be translated as the “Temple of the Light of the Teaching” (the Teaching of the Buddha). It is a temple in the tradition of the Thai Theravada (translated as the “Teaching of the Elders”) wich is the Buddhist tradition as followed, not only in Thailand, but in the whole Southeast Asia.

By the initiative of a number of Thai-Flemish people, who felt the need of a Buddhist center, Wat Chakkawatrajawas, a famous temple from Bangkok in Thailand, bought the temple-building at the Kouterdreef 37 in Mechelen. Wat Dhammapateep received its name from the Thai Buddhist Sub-Patriarch Phra Phuttiwongmunee, Abbot of Wat Chakkawatrajawas, who solemnly opended the Temple on July 1, 2005.

Sindce that foundation Wat Dhammapateep was entrusted by the mother-temple Wat Chakkawatrajawas to the Abbot Phra Khruvinaithorn Somsak Subhalert. He now permanently stays in Mechelen to devote himself to the spiritual guidance and the organization of the activities of the Temple.  Regularly other monks from Thailand or other countries also reside in the Temple.

The Temple had a lot of legal and reulatory problems to solve and therefore a Temple Association was realized in the form of a ‘vereniging zonder winstoogmerk’ (a non-profit organization in Belgian law), published in the Belgian State-Gazette 0f October 22, 2007.

The Associated Members of the (Temple) Association were further organized in a Volunteer Organization (in agreement with the Law of July 3, 2005) which received the recognition by the Provincial Government of Antwerp on April 7, 2007 (recognition number ANT20080241). Without the unselfish work of its - not enough praised - volunteers and without the donations of its hundreds of members and symphatizers, the existance and development of the Temple would be impossible.

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