Many of you have probably visited Giac Hoang, the beautiful Vietnamese Buddhist temple on 16th street in D.C. The temple hosted the FPMT Maitreya Project Relics tour twice. You may have met him during these or other occasions.
Ven. Thich Thanh Dam, the abbot and founder of the temple, passed away at the age of 84 on December 4th, 2011.
My friend Lien wrote an article for the Washington Post memorializing Ven. Thich Thanh Dam. She and her family are part of the Vietnamese community who regularly visit the temple. Ven. Thich Thanh Dam truly made his life meaningful by helping so many people. His passing is a lesson in impermanence and a loss to our community.
The article appears here in the online edition and will appear on page B-2 of the December 7th print edition. Please keep Ven. Thich Thanh Dam in your prayers.
(Note: The Post included 17 gorgeous photos of His Holiness during the Kalachakra at the top of the article. Photo 10 is of Mrs. Hiep Lowman, a close friend of the Guhyasamaja Center and of Ven. Thich Thanh Dam. Photo 11 is Mr. Matt Regan, one of the main volunteers for the Kalachakra event.)
Please share your memories of Ven. Thich Thanh Dam.