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Buddhist Monk to make presentation at BCC
Source Date: February 29, 2012
For the first time in the history of Bladen Community College, a Buddhist monk will present a program focusing on the history and practices of the faith. Abbot Tan Ajahn, a monk from Thailand, serves at Wat Carolina, a Buddhist house of worship located in Bolivia. The program will be presented on Wednesday, February 29, at 2 p.m. in the library of the Student Resource Center (Building 7).
The BCC Department of Humanities and Social Sciences is sponsoring the event as a part of the college's Religion Studies program. According religion and sociology instructor Nash Hester, the presentation supports the college's efforts to provide students with firsthand information about different religions. In addition to Introduction to Old Testament and Introduction to New Testament, BCC offers courses in World Religions, Eastern Religions, and Religion in America. The Abbot Tan Ajahn was ordained as a Theravadan monk of the Dhammayut Order in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1968. He studied and continues to study under H.H. Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, the Supreme Patriarch of Buddhism in Thailand.
After a period of study in the Thai forest, he was assigned to the Mission Group of Bhante Win, whose goal it was to reestablish Buddhism in Indonesia, where his work is credited with helping rebuild a Buddhist presence in the Jakarta area.
Tan Ajahn then came to Seattle, Washington, where he heard of efforts to establish a Temple in North Carolina. He visited the southeastern North Carolina area, where he had relatives living, and then returned to Thailand to seek advice on the proposal to locate a Wat in North Carolina. He had visited the proposed site during his visit to southeastern North Carolina and had been satisfied with the location.
It was then selected for the construction of Wat Carolina and the monastery was opened in 1987. Tan Ajahn has served at Wat Carolina since its construction.
The program is free and open to the public. For information on the program, call Nash Hester at 910.879.5558. For information on religion courses offered at BCC, call a counselor at 910.879.5500.