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Phra Promwachirayan

Member of the Senior Monks Council,
Abbot of Yannawa Monastery
กรรมการมหาเถรสมาคม เจ้าอาวาสวัดยานนาวา
เจ้าอาวาส วัดนวมินทรราชูทิศ สหรัฐอเมริกา
ประธานอำนวยการสร้างวัดนวมินทรราชูทิศ
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Who is he?

Phrapromwachirayan, whose Buddhist name is Khemongkaro, surname Sutdhibandhu of 71, 50 years ordination, Education: Pali 3, First Grade of Dharma Study, Doctorate Degree (Buddhism) from Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Bangkok (Thailand), Doctorate Degree (Education) from Rajabhat Ubon Rachathani University (Thailand) and also Doctorate Degree (History) from Ramkhamhaeng University (Thailand)
Address: Wat Yannawa (Royal Monastery)
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พระพรหมวชิรญาณ

  • เจ้าอาวาสวัดยานนาวา
  • กรรมการมหาเถรสมาคม
  • ประธานอำนวยการ
  • วัดนวมินทรราชูทิศ, USA

At present

Phrapromwachirayan, whose Buddhist name is Khemongkaro, surname Sutdhibandhu of 71, 50 years ordination, Education: Pali 3, First Grade of Dharma Study, Doctorate Degree (Buddhism) from Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Bangkok (Thailand), Doctorate Degree (Education) from Rajabhat Ubon Rachathani University (Thailand) and also Doctorate Degree (History) from Ramkhamhaeng University (Thailand)
Address: Wat Yannawa (Royal Monastery)

Before ordination in Buddhism

His name is Prasit Sutdhibandhu, born on Tuesday, waning (moon) as 14th day of the lunar month, year of the ox, on May 24, 1937. His father is Khoon Ko-ehukrit (Pha). His mother, Mrs. Ko-ehukrit (Ta) at Baan Yangnoi, Tambon Ko-Eh, Amphur Khuangnai, Ubonrachathani Province.

A Novice

He became a novice at Wat Yangnoi, Tambon Ko-Eh, Amphur Khuangnai, Ubonrachathani province in 1948, for whom Phragru Pinitsilakoon, Director of A. Khuangnai, Wat Thoongsawang, Baan Nonyai, Tambon Ko-Eh, who functioned as Phra-upajaya (a spiritual teacher).

Life in Monkhood

He entered monkhood at the church of Wat Chakkrawatrajawas, Varamahawiharn, Kwaeng Chakkrawat, Khet Sampanthawong, Bangkok, for whom Phradhamdhirajmuni (Thee Punnako Pali 9), abbot of Wat Chakkrawatrajawas (later on promoted to the rank of Somdejphradhirayanamuni), who functioned as Phra-upajaya, while Phrawinaikitkosol (In Tissaro, Pali 6), assistant abbot (later on promoted to the rank of Phrarajpanyamuni) functioned as Phrakarmavachacharn (act-announcing teacher).
Also, Phramaha Boonma Dhipadhammo (Pali 6), assistant abbot (later on promoted to the rank of Phraputthiwongsamuni, present abbot 2007), functioned as Phraanusawanacharn (ordination-proclaiming teacher).

General Educational Qualification

  • In 1948 passed standard Four in the elementary school (Phompitya), Baan Yangnoi, Tambon Ko-Eh, Amphur Khuangnai, Ubonrachathani Province.
  • In 1960 passed class IX in the secondary school of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Bangkok.

Educational Qualification of Dharma in Buddhism

  • In 1954 passed Third Grade of Dharma-study.
  • In 1955 passed Second Grade of Dharma-study.
  • In 1956 passed First Grade of Dharma-study. First Grade at the same school of Wat Yangnoi, Tambon Ko-Eh, Amphur Khuangnai, Ubonrachathani Province.
  • In 1958 passed Grade 3 of Pali study at the school of Wat Chakkrawatrajawas, Bangkok.

Study of Dharma Practice on Training Vipassanakammathan (Insight Development)

  • In 1948 after becoming a novice, he followed his teacher who instructed and had an austere practice in various schools in the regions of Ubon rachathani Province and Sakonnakorn Province by three months.
  • In 1954 he passed the practice of kammathan (meditation) with three months course at Wat Mahathat, Bangkok.
  • In 1973 he was the committee and secretary of revision plan on the practice of Vipassanakammathan at Wat Chakkrawatrajawas, Bangkok (up to 1975).
  • In 1973 there was a procedure of training Vipassanakammathan at the office of Wat Chakkrawatrajawas, Bangkok. He was continuously trained to practice meditation according to the curriculum of an office (up to 1975 before travel to perform the religious activity in USA).
  • In 1976 he was the president to the project of training Vipassanakammathan (for Thais and foreigners) at Wat Dharmmaramin Chicago, USA (until today).
  • In 2002 he was the president to the project of Dharma practice at Wat Yannawa, Bangkok, leading the sangha, monks and new novices to join the project of ordination for a royal extolling on the occasion of the Great Queen’s 12th August and the Great King’s 5th December, inviting students, officials, merchants and people to obtain a Dharma practice earnestly and continuously according to three, seven, fifteen days or one month course (till today).
  • In 2004 he was the Head of Dharma practice office at Wat Yannawa, through which the office of the National Buddhism declared Wat Yannawa to be the first office of Dharma practise for Bangkok.

Domestic Honours Awarded

  • In 1995 he won from HRH Princess Sirindhorn the post of Semadharmachak and the certificate of Honour as the monk who performed the benefits to Buddhism and propagated the Buddhism abroad, on Vesak Day in 1992.
  • In 1995 he was awarded an Honourary Degree (B.A. Horns) in the Department of Social Science from Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University on 7th May.
  • In 2000 he was awarded an Honourary Degree in the Department of Education (B. Ed. Horns) from the Institute of Rajabhat Ubonrachathani (Graduate Approval of Academic Year 1999) admitted by HRH Prince Vajiralongkorn to organize the ceremony of awarding a degree in a special case at Amporn Sathan Throne on December 19, 2000.
  • In 2000 he won an Honourary Degree in the Department of Education Technology from Ramkhamhaeng University at dates.

Special Honours Awarded

  • In 1986 he got a Distinguished Award of the Asian-lineage American Social Welfare from the Board of Directors of Asian Human Service of Chicago.
  • In 1990 he won a Certificate of Honour from the City of Chicago as its honourary civil who has an authority and right in a propagation of a religion, Thai good tradition and culture in the City of Chicago and also in Illinois State, USA, on 8th June.
  • In 1990 he got another Certificate of Honour from Richard M. Daley, Mayor of Metropolitan Chicago. As a person, he had done great benefits to Asian and American communities in the City of Chicago. The ceremony of awarding the Certificate of Honour was officially performed at Wat Thammaram on August 15.
  • In 1991 he got another Certificate of Honour from Mr. Paul Simon, Senator of USA, as the monk industriously propagating Buddhism, Thai culture and tradition in the City of Chicago, USA on 8th April.
  • In 1997 he won the Certificate of Honour again from Richard M. Daley, Mayor of the City of Chicago dated 24th May 1997, who declared May 24 of every year (which like the birthday of Phrapromwachirayan) to be “the Day of Propagating Buddhism, Thai culture and Tradition in the City of Chicago, USA.
  • In 1999 he continuously got the Certificate of Honour from George H. Ryan, Mayor of Illinois, USA, as the monk really propagated Buddhism and kindly gave help to Thai and foreigners a good many times ago in USA on September 13.

Speaking in short, he was the first Thai and first Thai monk who got many certificates of Honour from important well-known institutes and leaders from 1986 to 2008.The ecclesiastical titles he got are following:

  • In 1960 appointed as Phrakrupalat Suwatthanathirakun of Phraubalikunoopamacharn (Thee Punnakamahathera Pali 9) on August 14
  • In 1972 appointed as Phrakrupalat Sampipatthanathiracharn of Somdejphratheerayanamuni (Thee Punnakamahathera Pali 9) on December 5
  • In 1973 promoted to be Phrasutheerattanaporn on December 5
  • In 1984 promoted to be Phrarajrattanaporn on December 5
  • In 1992 promoted to be Phrathepsutthimon on August 12
  • In 2000 promoted to be Phrathamwachirayan on December 5
  • In 2001 promoted to be Phrapromwachirayan on December 5

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