First Buddhist Temple in Western New York

July 24, 1999

Source: The Buffalo News

On July 24, 1999, The Buffalo News reported that the Chau Tu Hien Buddhist Cultural Center in Buffalo, NY will be dedicated on July 25th. The Center will serve the growing Vietnamese Buddhist community in the Buffalo area, which numbers about 400 to 500 families, and 70 to 100 American families. The Center consists of a main worship hall, a reception area, a kitchen area, a small room for praying to ancestors, living quarters for monks, a hall used by the Buddhist Youth Association, and a room that will eventually become a library. The temple features a 600-pound handmade statue of Buddha and a 1,000-pound metal bell used to call temple members to worship.