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Continued: Earthshaking Buddha arrives in Savage

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 29, 2014 - 4:14 PM

There is a website mostly in Vietnamese but with directions in English as to how to e-mail for more information.

The abbot and Dong were eager to stress that the temple welcomes people from the area to experience its offerings. They are able to provide English translations of the meditations and chanted prayers — the “mantras,” to use the term for once in its actual, literal sense — taking place during services.

The Twin Cities area is sprinkled with Buddhist temples of differing national origins following the influx of refugees and immigrants after the Vietnam War.

Asked whether the membership at the temple consists of many extended families, Dong said:

“Whoever came here, it’s a big family.”

About 100 people attend in a normal week, more in warm summer weather, she said, coming mainly from suburbs such as Eagan, Lakeville and Prior Lake — “all the areas around.”

There is not so much a sermon in a Christian sense, she said, as “chanting and practicing meditation. My master teaches and helps the Buddha speak to them.”

 

David Peterson • 952-746-3285



 

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