To mark its 50th anniversary, the Buddhist Association of Canada has opened a museum of Buddhism in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The museum is housed in a seven-story pagoda, the association’s Ten Thousand Buddhas Sarira Stupa. It houses Buddhist artifacts and memorabilia from China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Tibet, including a 7-tonne bronze Buddha statue and 2,200 8-inch Buddha statues.
The association hopes the museum will provide an opportunity for tourists and the general public to learn about Buddhist history and teachings. Two hundred people showed up for the museum’s grand opening on June 20th, which featured an exhibition of Chinese calligraphy and paintings.