A Buddhist Pioneer in Pittsburgh Turns Bar into Temple

September 28, 2004

Source: Post-Gazette


On September 28, 2004 the Post-Gazette reported, "[Thich Kien] Nhu, a Buddhist monk, leads activities at the religious center for the Buddhist Meditation Society of America in Pittsburgh on Braddock Avenue... The temple, which is in Braddock, is part of a sangha, or monastic community, that Nhu is quietly developing in a neighborhood where young men pass the workday on street corners, where locked and rusting gates cover many storefronts. In the next few years, Nhu hopes to add a convent to the sangha. In June, he purchased the Brandywine, a former bar, which is a few doors east of the worship center along Braddock Avenue."