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Thai Buddhist Temple of Berkeley Controversy

ACTION: ATTEND Hello friends at Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, I hope this email finds you well. I am emailing you about the current situation surrounding the Thai Buddhist Temple of Berkeley, California. To fill you in: Our beloved 27-year-old temple has come under fire by a small group neighbors recently in the past months for the Sunday Food Offering that has become a part of the cultural fabric of the Bay Area. As in cultural tradition, the Sunday food services are essential to the Buddhist religious practice of communal food-sharing in receiving Buddhist spiritual merit. Furthermore, these services have become embedded with the Temple's spiritual activities, a part of the Culture and Arts Plan of Berkeley, and a main staple for the representation of the Thai/American community. The offering also helps subsidize many of the cultural, artistic, and religious programs offered on Temple grounds; such as the Thai Cultural Center, language immersion programs, as well as instruction on Thai dance forms.