Building a Buddhist Fellowship

April 28, 2007

Author: Mirko Petricevic

Source: The Buddhist Channel,4034,0,0,1,0

KITCHENER, Ontario (Canada) -- Hands flail and voices rise at the Phommaviharam Buddhist Temple. About a dozen monks and lay people sitting around a table hash out details of an event they're staging at Kitchener City Hall next month.

At first glance, it looks like just another lively planning meeting.

But it's a sign that the practice of an old religion is entering a new phase.

With at least half-a-dozen Buddhist temples and meditation centres in Waterloo Region, each working in different languages and teaching different schools of Buddhism, different groups are working together for the first time.

"It's all very new," said Linda Hayes, a board member of the Palpung Yeshe Chokhor Meditation Centre in Kitchener.