Buddhist Temple Discussion
January 4, 2012 by Tony Posted in Uncategorized 6 Comments
LOWELL – The goal is to build a 20,000-square-foot Buddhist temple and Cambodian cultural and educational center on a 12-acre parcel in the city’s Pawtucketville neighborhood — the largest such complex on the East Coast.
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6 Responses to Buddhist Temple Discussion
You may want to watch the ConservationCommission Meetings on LTC. The site is in a wetlands /flood plain and now discovered by the City as a 1940’s dump. It covers approximately 4-6 acres and will need to be tested for contamination. It was not uncommon in 1940’s to use open land as a dump. The last lot in that area that the City owned and tried to develop is 500feet away and was found to be toxic. The City cleaned it and covered the foundation and declared it unbuildable, I believe raising money from Canada to Australia is unwise until this is determined. To not let people know the challeges as you ask for money again is not wise or fair. I think they need to be honest with those they ask money from.
Items for discussion .
1.) They have a vision to change as established area. Where people have lived for generations. My neighbors relatives are buried in the Clay Pit Cememtary, that is on this land yet they want to make it a “tourist attraction” That seems inconsistant with the original presentation. How can it be quiet and peaceful for meditation, yet a tourist attraction.
2.)I think they should also sit down with the residents and the City to discuss this, perhaps this is inconsistant with the quality of life that exists there, To not ask seems inconsistant with the Buddhism.
3.) The cutting of trees and disturbing wild life that is there seems inconsistant with Buddhism
So much of what has gone on there seems inconsistant with Buddhism. I found this and I plan on learning as much as I can because the vision and reality seems inconsistant with what I have been learning about Buddhism
Thou Shalt not cut this Tree!wanni.org/disanayaka. Buddhist monk is prohibited from cutting down a tree or having a tree cut …
Imagine this temple, as part of the SEA Water Festival, each August. Wonderful.
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I also found this site helpful in my understanding of Buddhism
Minor Matters of Etiquette
Vinaya also extends into the realm of convention and custom. Such observances, which it mentions, are not ‘rules’ but skillful means of manifesting beautiful behaviour. In monasteries, there is some emphasis on such matters as a means of establishing harmony, order and pleasant relationships within a community.
T.V.’s and videos for entertainment should not be used by a monk. Under certain circumstances, a Dharma video or a documentary programme may be watched. In general, luxurious items are inappropriate for a monk to accept. This is because they are conducive to attachment in his own mind, and excite envy, possibly even the intention to steal, in the mind of another person. This is unwholesome Kamma. It also looks bad for an alms mendicant, living on charity as a source of inspiration to others, to have luxurious belongings. One who is content with little should be a light to a world where consumer instincts and greed are whipped up in people’s minds.
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