American fifth graders learned about Buddhist teachings at Wat Thai Washington, D.C. under Thailand Embassy’s program
On 6 March 2018, Wat Thai Washington, D.C., led by Phrakrusirisitthividej, the Temple’s Vice President, welcomed fifth graders and teachers from Hearst Elementary School who participate in the Embassy Adoption Program, arranged by the Royal Thai Embassy in cooperation with District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and Washington Performing Arts.
Phrakrusirisitthividej or “Monk Jack,” as called by the students, taught them about Buddhist teachings and meditation. He also told the students about the history of Wat (Temple in English) Thai Washington, D.C. and answered some interesting questions about Thai monks’ way of life, for example.
At lunch, the students also got to try chicken Pad Thai, fried spring rolls and sticky rice with coconut milk and mangoes.
The Thai Embassy has been an active partner with DCPS and Washington Performing Arts under the Embassy Adoption Program since 1983. The program helps expose American elementary school students to international learning. It is also one of many programs of the Embassy to strengthen people-to-people ties between Thailand and the United States.