Having sufficient funds, members of the As¬sociation conceived the idea of first to establishing a monks’ residence and second to invite at least two monks from Thailand to perform religious ceremonies in order to increase the involvement and support of the Thai community in the area. In the Education Counselor’s meeting room on May 1, 1974 at 08:00 pm, the Association called for an open meeting with 28 participants who were government officials, students, and Thais of different occupations in order to obtain their opinions on this idea. Based on the comments and suggestions from this meeting, the Association agreed to use the funds in the treasury to carry out the proposal. A committee was formed and directed to find a rental place to be the new temporary monks’ residence. The committee finally found a house for rent at 705 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland. The rental agreement was one year and the monthly rent was US$350.00
Colonel Vichian Buranasiri, the president of the Association, contacted Phra Maha Sobin Sopago, the chief of monks at Wat Thai Los Angeles, California requesting for monks. Phra Maha Sobin then wrote a letter to Phra Dhamma Kosajahn (Chob Anujaree) of Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit, asking him to send monks to come and stay at the new residence. The new monks will lead in merit-making and others religious ceremonies on the first day of the Buddhist’s Lent, which would also be a grand opening day for the residence.