Buddhist Temple Expecting 3,000 to Celebrate Buddha's Birthday

July 10, 2007

Author: Maureen Walsh

Source: The Buddhist Channel


New England, USA -- As many as 3,000 Buddhist members and 50 venerable monks from throughout the northeast are expected to celebrate the 2549th birthday of Sakyamuni Buddha this Sunday at the Samantabhadra (Pho-Hien) Buddhist Center in Braintree.

"We have 120 other Buddhist organizations in the New England area," said Venerable Master Thich Thien Hue, the center's founder. "This is an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and share our traditions with each other."

Most of those who will be attending are far away from their homelands, but all have come to this country where they have freedom and can participate in worship, said the Ven. Master Hue. "Everyone is invited to come and get to know us. We try to share our value and the traditions we practice with everyone, Buddhist or not Buddhist."