The Asian Lunar New Year observances started January 25 with an estimated 1.5 billion people celebrating. Close to 500 million people practice Buddhism, with the religion traveling from Asia to North America and around the globe.
Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan community are strengthened through the presence of this community.
The temple in East Fort Worth is also home to a Lion Dance team –– hundreds of people operate dozens of life-sized lion “puppets” with stylized faces and intricately moving bodies, which are actually people dancing in synch. Huong Dao has contact information on their website for you to request information about visiting.
Located just a stone’s throw from the Lockheed Martin plant in west Fort Worth, the temple was established to serve the area’s Thai community.
This beautiful temple is situated in north Fort Worth is rumored to have the largest Buddha statue in the states. Well worth a visit!
The culture and tradition of the Lao community near Saginaw are preserved and honored at this temple.
Just down the road in Everman, the monastery has blossomed from a small sanctuary to a training center and spiritual home in 20 years.
Before You Go
If you’re interested in learning more about Buddhist practice, Kadampa Meditation Center offers classes on Mayahana Buddhism in Fort Worth at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays (at the Women’s Club of Fort Worth) and several times Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Raja Yoga Studio.
In general, Buddhist temples are welcoming to anyone who truly wants to explore the religion. When you’re visiting, remember that you’re in someone else’s house of worship, and observe the courtesy you’d want from someone visiting your church, synagogue or mosque. Although some temples allow walk-in visitors, it’s a good idea to research the hours when a temple member can best be available to guide you.
Appropriate dress includes covering shoulders to knees (no tank tops or shorts) –– if you wouldn’t wear it to your church, don’t wear it here. Request permission before you take pictures and remove your hat, sunglasses, and if asked, your shoes. Practice courtesy by turning off your phone; and be sensitive that you may be walking into a worship service. Respect the statues of the Buddha, and know that it’s considered rude to point. Ask your guide at the temple about anything else you’ll need to be a good visitor.
Much like with Christianity and Judaism, there are different branches of Buddhism. The Dalai Lama is the most visible symbol of Tibetan Buddhism, but there are also Theravada Buddhists, Zen Buddhists, and Mayahana Buddhists –– each branch offers a slightly different interpretation of the Buddha’s teachings, similar to the differences in scriptural interpretation and practice between Episcopalians, Baptists, Methodists, and Catholics.