Dhamarekkhita Monastery, Fort Wayne, IN USA
A Brief History
It all started in 1995 when the Burmese community started to grow in Fort Wayne. A series of discussions took place, and the Society of Theravada Buddha Sasana (STBS) was established to support cultural and religious activities of Burmese Buddhists in Fort Wayne.
STBS is a nonprofit organization. Anyone interested in Buddhism and Burmese culture can become a member. Membership is free; we encourage members to donate for organizational funding. Please click here to see additional information regarding with our membership and organizational funding. STBS holds monthly meetings and other events that are prominent for Burmese Buddhists.
Some of these events include:
- Thingyan (Burmese New Year)
- Ordination, Novitiation, and Ear Piercing Ceremony
- Thadinkyut (lights festival)
- Kathein (offering of robes)
- Htamane Pwe (community feast Festival)
- Occasional teaching of Buddha Dhamma by Sangha from various places
Society of Theravada Buddha Sasana (STBS) Objectives
- To operate exclusively for religious, educational, cultural, and charitable purposes
- To operate with reality and truth through Dhamma (teaching of Buddha’s philosophy)
- To deliver the Dhamma through cultural activities
- To provide the Dhamma propagation through moral education
- To promote humanitarian personalities and activities through Dhamma
- To cultivate the noble seed in the soil of the human heart through Dhamma
- To eliminate human negativity through Dhamma
- To purify the human mind through Dhamma.
- To teach Burmese language to the Burmese children growing up in the United States
- To celebrate Burmese and Buddhist cultural events throughout the year according to the Burmese tradition
- To have regular meetings of the Society of Theravada Buddha Sasana
- To practice Theravada Buddhist meditation
- To establish a monastery for the Theravada Buddhist monks.