Meet the US Navy’s only Buddhist chaplain

By Team MOC

Lt. Aroon Seeda grew up in a Buddhist temple in Thailand. A chance encounter with U.S. Marines when he was a child– and a small gift– gave him the inspiration to learn English. Seeda immigrated to the U.S. in 2001 and joined the Navy Reserve seven years later. Now, he’s giving back to both countries that have given him so much as the Navy’s only Buddhist chaplain.

Watch to learn more about Seeda’s remarkable journey:

(Video: Marine Corps, Sgt. Allison Beiswanger)


  1. Hello Chaplain, I am Rev. Ratana from Dallas, TX. I am a ordained monk. it’s interesting to see your story here. I would like to talk about being a USA Navy chaplain. Is there any email or contact number to contact you? Please let me know.
    Thank you. Blessings!!

    Much Metta,
    Rev. Ratana.

  2. I am already enlisted in the navy. And have yet to really find a purpose with what I believe in and use it in the navy. I have too many questions to list here, but I have many

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