Plans for a 60-foot-high Theravada Buddhist Temple has gained approval for building in the small township of Raynham, Massachusetts, according to local media foundations.
The temple grounds will cover a 60-foot-high monastery, cultural center, museum and dwelling for some 16 Thai Buddhist monks alive in the area.
Having setup home in a small New England building for the past four years, a group of Thai Buddhist monks have gained support from the local Planning Board to build what will be one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world.
The temple and meditation center will be used for learning and religious purposes, as well as meditation and chanting services, religious resources and teaching about Buddhism, Thai culture, and language.
Peaked with a 180-foot golden spike the complex will conclude the long-held dream of Boston-area Thai inhabitants to have a place of worship for their religious beliefs and admired King Rama IX, Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was accordingly born in nearby Cambridge in 1927.
In spite of recent argument surrounding Islamic mosques and the spread of Islam in the United States, no protests to the inspiring Buddhist structure were listened to the recent planning and approval meeting. Local residents, on the divergent have voiced their support of the considerable development and the monks that have occupied the site.
“Anyone can come as a guest and examine and enjoy or join us in chanting and prayer. Buddhism is an open religion. We recognize everyone in our temple,” said Lamiad Wechapak, a local Boston resident of Thai basis.
Proponents of the project have been approved a variance on the townships 40-foot-high building regulations, with the extended tower actually observing with both local and FAA regulations. The building will be tax excepted as a religious facility.
Exterior of Thailand, the future Wat Nawamintararachutis, will be the major Buddhist temple in the World. The 109,000 square foot, white construction with five tiered gables will merge Eastern and Western aesthetics, according to proponents of the growth.
The 50-acre site of the project will be properly landed and preserve offered maple trees and stonewalls with 5-acres being devoted for the temple construction, which will be completed by 2012. The enduring acreage is under environmental protection.
Two major actions a year, in the spring and fall and another nine or 10 celebrations throughout the year, are estimated to draw between 300 and 700 people but the attendance will be spread out.