Theravada Temple in Ohio
The Buddhist Meditation Temple, Inc. was founded by the Buddhist community of Huber Heights, Ohio, in 2004, as a Southeast Asian Theravada Buddhist Temple. The purposes for founding this Temple were to establish a teaching and practicing center for Buddhism according to the Theravada tradition, and to create a focal point for Thai culture, tradition, and Thai language.
The Temple is located at 4545 Fishburg Rd., Huber Heights, Ohio, 45424. The Temple normally houses three to five Buddhist monks, who have been ordained in Thailand according to the Thai Theravada tradition and who have been in the monkhood for at least ten to twenty years. They depend on the lay community for the basic necessities of life, which include food, clothing, shelter, and medication. In return, they give spiritual guidance to the lay community. The Thai Buddhist monks observe 227 precepts or moral codes, including the practice of celibacy.
The Temple, since its beginning, has been successfully serving the Thai and Laotian community of the Miami Valley, as well as the general public. There are three fundamental, core principles of Buddhism:
1. To avoid doing bad deeds
2. To do good deeds
3. To purify one’s mind through Insight Meditation