Locally Made Monday - Indiana Buddhist Temple

Fort Wayne is known as the City of Churches.

But it also has several spiritual options in the region.

Posted: Oct 26, 2017 9:29 AM
Updated: Oct 26, 2017 9:29 AM

Fort Wayne is known as the City of Churches.

But it also has several spiritual options in the region.

The Indiana Buddhist Temple started in 2003, and has grown into a center for peace and inner growth just outside the city.

WFFT's Andrew Logsdon shows us in this week's Locally Made Monday.

This is the sound of Monday nights at the Indiana Buddhist Temple- just outside of Fort Wayne.

"Most of the time, we are teaching meditation classes here. But over the year, we have different kind of Buddhist events. We are celebrating Sri Lankan New Years and prayer," says Bhante Thalangma Devananda.

Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist monks founded the temple in 2003.

It's open to anyone for meditation, including guided meditations Mondays and Fridays.

And it's open to anyone of any faith or philosophy.

"People don't have to worry about their religion, their faith, their practice. With my understanding, meditation is good for all human beings. Through the practice, we can do in the power of positive thought. After doing the positive thoughts, the negative thoughts are going to be powerless," Bhante Devananda says.

"This is the temple I saw working with most of the local people, you know? So I think it's interesting they are coming and they get dhamma service and they get the benefits of that," says Bhante Indearadhna.

And people are coming.

"For as far as the meditation practices, it's really being mindful. I'm learning how to recognize feelings and emotions as they arise, and working towards being calm with those. But most of all, I've noticed in the last year that I've been coming is that I've been more generous. I've been more patient, and kind, and more willing to donate," says Kellie Adkins.

"It can be life changing. It's a good thing. It doesn't take away from what you believe, it adds to it. And that's what they teach, it's pretty darn cool," says Len Doctor.

This upcoming friday and saturday is an all-night chant and robe parade, bringing in people and monks from all over the world.

"And I'm happy to, end my life someday, knowing that I've brought in something to a community that had no exposure to Theravada type of Buddhism. Especially in the Midwest, in the City of Churches, who really didn't have a Buddhist temple to speak of," says Sisira Ravsighe.

Find out more about the Indiana Buddhist Temple at-

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