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Buddha Catu Parisa Foundation International

Buddha Catu Parisa Foundation International

Buddha Catu Parisa Foundation International was established by our founding organization from Thailand, the Sikkha Buddhavacana Pariyattidhamma 84000 Dhammakhandha Foundation, in the summer of the year 2014. Our history goes back to the early 1980’s when the predecessor of our founding organization, the Sikkhadhamma Society, was founded within the Ministry of Industry of the Kingdom of Thailand.  The Society was established by government officers of various departments in the ministry and under the authority of Mr. Veera Susangkornkarn, the former Permanent Secretary and Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Industry on April 11, 1983.  The original goal of the Society was to promote the Buddha’s teachings in the workplace in order to increase morale and drive productivity.  The Society hosted a Dhamma learning program which regularly invited monks and Buddhist scholars to deliver lectures on the Dhamma. Thanks to the popularity of the learning program and the support of the Ministry, the Society was later open to the general public and attracted more and more members.    The learning program was expanded from monthly sessions to weekly.  In 1992, the Society established a shrine hall on the campus of the Ministry for hosting lectures and various activities, such as regularly inviting monks for almsgiving.  The Society continued to grow steadily and organically and the number of the members had reached to more than two hundred by the early 2000’s. In 2005, the Society changed its name to the Sikkhadhamma Tipitaka 84000 Dhammakhandha Society to reflect our commitment to the adherence to the Tipitaka (which consists of 84,000 dhammakhandha).  Over the course of many years of the Dhamma learning program, the society’s members had learned various ways of studying, interpreting and practicing the Dhamma from different monks and scholars.  As a result, the members began to debate which teachings to follow.  After many years of searching and debating, the Society reached a conclusion in 2005 that the Tipitaka is the ultimate and infallible authority of our faith and practice, and that strict adherence to the Tipitaka is crucial for us to avoid blindly following some misleading Buddhist traditions and misguided Dhamma teachings without any awareness of what the very original Buddha’s teachings were. Two years later in 2007, the Society further adjusted its name to the Sikkha Buddhavacana Pariyattidhamma 84000 Dhammakhandha Society to express our commitment to study the theory of the Dhamma (Pariyattidhamma), especially the Abhidhamma. In 2014, the Society made a pivotal decision to revive, promote, and support the bhikkhunī (female monk) community as we strongly believe the Catu Parisa (the fourfold community) would never be complete if one of the four divisions was absent.  After a careful planning, especially to address some resistance in Thailand to the revival of the bhikkhunī community, the Society decided to establish Buddha Catu Parisa Foundation International to establish the Fourfold Community Temples around the world. The Society believes that the openness to religious diversity, beliefs, and practices around the world will help facilitate the revival and awareness of the bhikkhunī ordination in the Theravāda tradition.