Buddhist Organization Renovating Former Methodist Church In Newton's Upper Falls

July 28, 2009

Author: Christine Laubenstein

Source: Wicked Local Newton


An international Buddhist organization that provides disaster relief, medical care and education across the world is renovating the former Methodist church in Upper Falls.

Taiwan-based Tzu Chi Foundation purchased the Summer Street building in 2006. It hopes to use it as a meeting place and worship center for its Boston area members, volunteers and community residents.

The organization has had a Boston branch since 1993, but was previously based out of members’ homes.

“We want to have an office, recruit a lot of students, and train them so they can be successful in life,” said Jiuan Fatt Ng, who is in charge of recruiting and volunteer activities for the Boston area.