History

History of  Sudhavasa Buddhist Meditation Center

 Sudhavasa Buddhist Meditation Center

Introduction

Even though there were 37 Thai Buddhist temples in the U.S. at that time, Ven. Achan Sakchai’s followers asked him to start his own temple in order to have a place to practice Buddhism.

With the support of his followers, Ven. Achan Sakchai, quickly realized that the new temple will be able to improve access to Buddhist teachings and practices in the Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Ven. Achan Sakchai hoped that his new temple would expand to not only the Thai community, but also for anyone interested in Buddhism.
After 6 (six) years of working as a missionary monk in the U.S., Ven. Achan Sakchai, with help from his followers, established the Suddhavasa Buddhist Meditation Center in February 1, 1997. Suddhavasa Buddhist Meditation Center was now the 38th Thai temple in the U.S.

The word of Suddhavasa comes from the Pali language. Buddhism believe there are several different worlds beside our world. One of the world is Suddhavasa world, where the devas live and never reborn outside the Suddhavasa world, and already in the path to Arhat hood who will attain enlightenment directly from Suddhavasa world with out being reborn. Choosing Suddhavasa as a name of the temple, Ven. Achan Sakchai expect to create the Suddhavasa world in the temple, accomodate and stimulate the peaceful environment for learning, practicing and experiencing the teaching of the Buddha and hopefully every one can reach the enlightenment when the time comes.

Chronological History

In February 1, 1997, Suddhavasa Buddhist Meditation Center (SBMC) was finally open to the public. SMBC was first located at 2552 South Calavares Place, Ontario, CA. Within months, SBMC became a Non Profit Organization in the State of California and received a tax exemption on the income as an organization of charity.

Not only was the legal status of SBMC improving, the numbers of members and activities increased tremendously during this critical fledgling period.
To accommodate the rapid growth of SBMC, the SBMC Committee decided that it was time to change locations. Six months after receiving the tax exemption, the Committee found a suitable piece of land in Riverside County, a small house sitting on 2.38 acres. Located at 3687 Fleming Street, Riverside, CA, the lot was purchased to fulfill SBMC’s vision: the spread the Buddhist teachings, not only through learning and studying, but also by practicing and experiencing. Fueled by excitement, SBMC grew dramatically.

After some time in its new location, it was evident that some renovation to the property will be needed. With the growing number of members and activities, and the vision of improving the aesthetics of the temple, renovation will be a good solution. In March 9, 2000, with the support of its growing members, the ground breaking ceremony for Sala Boon renovation was held. Sala Boon, in Thai, is the hall where the activities generally take place. Within months, the renovation was completed and the new Sala Boon ready to use. December 17 2000, SBMC celebrated the completion of its new Sala Boon.
Even though the construction of the Sala Boon was done, SBMC was not. Numerous trees were planted as well to create a more natural surrounding. A lotus pond and wood patio by the side of Sala Boon was set up on June 5, 2002, making the temple a very shady, homey and tranquil place. All renovation was completed by March 7, 2003, three years after the first ground breaking ceremony.
All improvements, constructions, development were be done by the support of members everywhere.

Goals

The main goal of Suddhavasa Buddhist Meditation Center is to spread the teachings of the Buddha, not only by learning and studying Buddhist scriptures but by practicing and experiencing Buddha’s teachings.
SBMC wanted to provide a place for the people to practice meditation and learn Buddhism.
Reach out, not only for Thai community, but others communities that interested in Buddhism.
Reach out not only for Buddhist community, but other religions which are interested in learning more about Buddhism and start an open interfaith discussion.
At the same time, SBMC wanted to benefit not only for the general community, but also to help our fellow Monks grow and improve themselves in Buddhism and language, especially English.

Activities and Developments

Routine activities
1. There are events once a month at SBMC. In total, four celebrations related to Buddhism: Magga Puja, Asalha Puja, Waisaka Puja and Kathina Puja, eight related to Thai Culture. Through our events, people have a chance to listen to a Dhamma talk and practice Buddhism by sharing and giving.

2. Every Saturday, the SBMC monks lead a meditation class

Non-routine activities
1. Cooperate with local universities interested in Buddhism.
2. Special occasions for blessing for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and various events of commemoration.
3. Special group meditations.

After 7 years using the Sala Boon, it is now time for SBMC to expand further and build a Worship Hall / Uposatha.

The plan started when SBMC has the opportunity to buy the neighboring land that make the total lot became 3.46 acre, enhance by the fact that all the morgages are paid off.
Construction Project of the Worship Hall:

- The building will have two levels, with the total of 12.000 square feet.

- Buddha’s statue with the width of 59 inches.

- I will have a meditation room, a library, and classrooms at the lower level.

· The estimated expense for this project is approximately $3,500,000.00.

- It is projecting the construction will be completed in about two years with 5 phase

- First phase: grading, water and sewer line almost done

- Second phase, foundation will start soon

- Will continue with third phase, the building.

 All this construction can possible happened by the support of all members, and anybody that interest.

If anybody interested, there are several different ways to make the contribution.

1. Make a monthly contribution of $100 for ten months, become $1000

2. Sponsor for the materials need, like roof, tile, post, door, windows etc

3. Any contributions will be appreciated.

 If any question arise or need more information, Ven. Achan Sackcai, the Abbot of SBMC can be reach at (951) 360 3795

 Sabbe satta bhavantu sukhitata, May all living being be happy.

By Dr. Metta Surya.

 CA. Within months, SBMC became a Non Profit Organization in the State of California and received a tax exemption on the income as an organization of charity.

Not only was the legal status of SBMC improving, the numbers of members and activities increased tremendously during this critical fledgling period.
To accommodate the rapid growth of SBMC, the SBMC Committee decided that it was time to change locations. Six months after receiving the tax exemption, the Committee found a suitable piece of land in Riverside County, a small house sitting on 2.38 acres. Located at 3687 Fleming Street, Riverside, CA, the lot was purchased to fulfill SBMC’s vision: the spread the Buddhist teachings, not only through learning and studying, but also by practicing and experiencing. Fueled by excitement, SBMC grew dramatically.

After some time in its new location, it was evident that some renovation to the property will be needed. With the growing number of members and activities, and the vision of improving the aesthetics of the temple, renovation will be a good solution. In March 9, 2000, with the support of its growing members, the ground breaking ceremony for Sala Boon renovation was held. Sala Boon, in Thai, is the hall where the activities generally take place. Within months, the renovation was completed and the new Sala Boon ready to use. December 17 2000, SBMC celebrated the completion of its new Sala Boon.
Even though the construction of the Sala Boon was done, SBMC was not. Numerous trees were planted as well to create a more natural surrounding. A lotus pond and wood patio by the side of Sala Boon was set up on June 5, 2002, making the temple a very shady, homey and tranquil place. All renovation was completed by March 7, 2003, three years after the first ground breaking ceremony.
All improvements, constructions, development were be done by the support of members everywhere.

Goals

The main goal of Suddhavasa Buddhist Meditation Center is to spread the teachings of the Buddha, not only by learning and studying Buddhist scriptures but by practicing and experiencing Buddha’s teachings.
SBMC wanted to provide a place for the people to practice meditation and learn Buddhism.
Reach out, not only for Thai community, but others communities that interested in Buddhism.
Reach out not only for Buddhist community, but other religions which are interested in learning more about Buddhism and start an open interfaith discussion.
At the same time, SBMC wanted to benefit not only for the general community, but also to help our fellow Monks grow and improve themselves in Buddhism and language, especially English.

Activities and Developments

Routine activities
1. There are events once a month at SBMC. In total, four celebrations related to Buddhism: Magga Puja, Asalha Puja, Waisaka Puja and Kathina Puja, eight related to Thai Culture. Through our events, people have a chance to listen to a Dhamma talk and practice Buddhism by sharing and giving.

2. Every Saturday, the SBMC monks lead a meditation clas

Non-routine activities
1. Cooperate with local universities interested in Buddhism. Some of the universities SBMC are involved with are:
- California Baptist University
- University of California, Riverside
- Riverside Community College
- California State University in San Bernardino
- University of Phoenix
2. Special occasions for blessing for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and various events of commemoration.
3. Special group meditations.

After 7 years using the Sala Boon, it is now time for SBMC to expand further and build a Worship Hall / Uposatha.

The plan started when SBMC has the opportunity to buy the neighboring land that make the total lot became 3.46 acre, enhance by the fact that all the morgages are paid off.
Construction Project of the Worship Hall:

- The building will have two levels, with the total of 12.000 square feet.

- Buddha’s statue with the width of 59 inches.

- I will have a meditation room, a library, and classrooms at the lower level.

· The estimated expense for this project is approximately $3,500,000.00.

- It is projecting the construction will be completed in about two years with 5 phase

- First phase: grading, water and sewer line almost done

- Second phase, foundation will start soon

- Will continue with third phase, the building.

 All this construction can possible happened by the support of all members, and anybody that interest.

If anybody interested, there are several different ways to make the contribution.

1. Make a monthly contribution of $100 for ten months, become $1000

2. Sponsor for the materials need, like roof, tile, post, door, windows etc

3. Any contributions will be appreciated.

 If any question arise or need more information, Ven. Achan Sackcai, the Abbot of SBMC can be reach at (951) 360 3795

 Sabbe satta bhavantu sukhitata, May all living being be happy.

 Direction to Suddhavasa BMC

From Los Angeles:
Take 60 Fwy East (pass 15 Fwy) exit at Pedley Rd. and tuin left; turn left onto Granite Hill Dr.: turn right at first right street (Fleming St.) (fourth house on the left hand side).

From Las Vagas:
Take 15 Fwy South to 60 Fwy East, exit at Pedley Rd. and turn left; turn left onto Granite Hill Dr.; turn right at first right street (Fleming St.) (fourth house on the left hand side).

From Riverside:
Take 60 Fwy West; exit Pedley Rd. and turn right; turn left noto Granite Hill Dr.; turn right at first right street (Fleming St.) (fourth house on the left hand side).

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