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Monk puts new face on Buddhism


PORT ARTHUR — Bhante Kassapa is the new, blue-eyed face of Vietnamese Buddhism.

The U.S. Air Force veteran, one-time Franciscan monk and former airport communications trainer will this weekend become what is thought to be the first white American to don the robes of a senior monk in the Vietnamese Buddhist tradition.

Port Arthur monk puts new face on Buddhism | – Houston Chronicle

Author: Bill

Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

3 thoughts on “Monk puts new face on Buddhism

  1. I am one of the temporary samaneras at Buu Mon Temple in Port Arthur, TX. Rev. Kassapa is who we studied under for our ordination. He has brought Buddhism to the average southeast Texan and it has been an honor to study under him. You can check out more about him at his website at or the temple at



  2. A “Barnes and Noble Buddhist”. My new favorite line.

    Thank you.


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