New Temple Project

A new Thai-style, Buddhist temple will be built in the Ohio, near the city of Dayton. Designed to meet the local climate conditions of Ohio, the temple will maintain most of the unique Thai characteristics of a temple with a hint of an American influence. The new building will have over 9,000 ft2 (836.13 m2) of usable space divided into several rooms. The main room is an ordination and meditation hall. The building will have three reception rooms for senior monks, a general office, two classrooms for children and adults to learn the teaching of Buddha, Thai language and culture, a fully equipped kitchen, and eight restrooms for men and women.

The architecture of the building is intended to embody the wisdom teachings of Buddha, as in Thailand and other Buddhist countries. The temple will unite traditional monastic architectural principles with modern environmental building standards. Doors, windows, rooftops, rooms and columns have their own symbolic meanings. The buildings themselves will enable visitors to step into the sacred teachings of Buddha. The result is a powerful creation, blending ancient wisdom and modern knowledge to provide the spiritual and material conditions necessary to support the transmission of this precious, sacred lineage.

The construction will be accomplished in two phases:

Phase 1: This phase addresses the infrastructure to support the construction of the temple building in Phase 2. In this phase, the driveway and parking lots will be created. The detention pond and drainage ditch will be constructed to handle water run-off. The installation of water, electric, gas and phone lines will be run to the temple building site.

This phase was completed by Fall of 2014.

Phase 2: This phase will focus on the construction of the main assembly hall (Ubosatha-Sala) and will house the main altar and be primary place of worship where members of the monastic community will convene to meditate and participate in teachings, initiations, and special ceremonies. The temple building will have additional rooms to serve as the lobby, reception rooms, a kitchen, dining hall, classrooms, offices, restrooms, and storage space.

Upon completion of the temple building, the temple grounds will be landscaped with trees, flower and vegetable gardens. The landscaping will make use of native plants and trees that can tolerate the Ohio climate and seasons.

Phase 2 is scheduled to begin Spring of 2015.

We are growing and the Buddhist Meditation Temple (Wat Paknam America), the Buddhist community serving Western Ohio, invite you to join us in building an ordination hall, strengthening and enhancing good deeds and merit and spreading the sacred lineage of Buddha. We thank you in advance for your generosity for making a donation for the completion of this project. Your donation will insure that the concepts and teachings of Buddhism are enduring for future generations.

May your benevolent act bring you a long life, happiness, vigor, wisdom and prosperity.

Please visit us and consider a donation to Buddhist Meditation Temple (Wat Paknam America). Your contribution will be used solely for the construction of the new multi-purpose building.

You may make your donation to:

Phra Vitesvisutdhikun (Chao Kun Samak)
Buddhist Meditation Temple (Wat Paknam America)
4545 Fishburg Rd.

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