The New Jersey Buddhist Vihara, home to the largest Samadhi Buddha statue in the Western world, is looking to expand its facilities. The building project, dubbed the New Jersey Buddhist Vihara and Meditation Centre Project, has been planned since the construction of the 30-foot Samadhi statue in 2009.
According to a monk at the Vihara, plans for expansion include a “large prayer and meditation room for the colder months, a library, facilities for the dharma school to meet, a conference room, living quarters for the six monks, and a meditation trail.”
The projected bill for this is substantial, totaling approximately $2.3 million dollars in renovation and construction costs. The temple hopes to have design plans ready soon so that they can present them to their township for approval. If approved, they will commence building immediately and would like to see construction completed by March of this year.
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