Vien Quang Temple celebrates Buddha’s Birthday 2628’
by Le Nguyen

(Plain Press, July 2004) Over 120 people attended the celebration of Buddha’s Birthday 2628’ at Vietnamese Buddhist Association of Cleveland’s Vien Quang Temple at 5305 Franklin Boulevard on Sunday, June 13.

Temple founder Ngan Nguyen and Vietnamese Buddhist Association President Su Nguyen greeted guests and members of the temple. They thanked all those who have supported the temple since its founding in 1987, including Mayor Jane Campbell, Community Relations Board Director Jeffrey Johnson, Cleveland Housing Court Judge Raymond Pianka, Ward 17 Councilman Matt Zone , Attorney Richard Herman, Attorney Joseph Meisner and Gia Hoa Ryan.

The Venerable Thich Nguyen Lai from Hong Danh Temple in San Jose, California; the Venerable Thich Min An from Kien Tran Nhi Temple in Houston, Texas; and the Venerable Thich Dong Chanh from Thuong Quang Temple in Columbus, Ohio served as guest lecturers at the ceremony.

Community Relations Director Johnson read a proclamation from Mayor Campbell saying the city of Cleveland looked forward to working with the temple “ to promote amicable relations, respect and dignity among our fellow citizens in all our communities.”

Housing Court Judge Pianka, who was instrumental as a Cleveland City Councilperson in helping find the location for the temple in 1987, said he was happy to be at the temple again and was impressed with the improvements that had been made to the facility. Current Ward 17 Councilman Zone offered his assistance to help improve the temple in the future.

The Vietnamase Buddhist Association was founded in 1981 to help serve the rapidly growing Vietnamese community in Cleveland . Programs and social gatherings initially took place at a small facility on Lorain Avenue . On May 16, 1987 the Chua Vien Quang ( Vien Quang Temple ) was dedicated.

Judge Pianka says the temple is now searching for a new home to expand once again. He says he hopes the temple can find a location in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood so it can continue to be a part of the local community.


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