The Buddha Summit Monastery in Indiana

January 18, 2003

Source: The Courier-Journal

On January 18, 2003 The Courier-Journal reported that "the recent lunch -- inside an industrial-style building on a remote wooded hillside in western Harrison County, Ind. -- might have struck an outsider as unusual. Nearby Corydon is home to a predominantly white Christian community where pioneers built Indiana's first state Capitol two centuries ago... Today there's another pioneering effort -- thanks to a young Buddhist monk, a native of South Vietnam who is working to nurture a Buddhist religious community... With the help of several Vietnamese families from Louisville and Southern Indiana, the Rev. Thich Hang Dat intends to build [the Buddha Summit] monastery and temple -- a place for prayer and the training of Buddhist monks -- on 80 acres on Mathis Road, five miles west of Corydon."