Tuesday, May 16, 2000

Buddhism gains higher profile in Cincinnati

        Two proposed building projects will give Buddhism a higher profile in Cincinnati's religious landscape.

        Tibetan monks from Bloomington, Ind., hope to build a monastery in Cincinnati. For the last nine months, monks have traveled to Ohio for meditation services.

        “People in Cincinnati want us to come together and are very excited,” says Jamyang, a Tibetan monk.

        The monks are holding their first fund-raiser for a monastery June 24 at Old St. George Church in Clifton Heights. They will serve traditional Tibetan food, such as momo, a meat dumpling.

        It will be seasoned Tibetan-style and “cooked with a lot of love,” says Jamyang.

        Also, in December, members of the Cambodian Buddhist Temple purchased about three acres in Colerain Township. They plan to build a monastery and establish a peace park.

        There are an estimated 1,500 practicing Buddhists in Cincinnati.


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