“Our other building was very limited,” she said.
The abbess said the new temple is 18,000 square feet and includes a lobby and reception area, courtyard, meditation hall, library and several small classrooms. She said the furnishings and decor were shipped from Taiwan, and volunteers from Taiwan traveled to Oklahoma to help the nuns and their metro supporters move the items inside and set things up.
The abbess said she and the four nuns who call the monastery home are very proud of the decor, which includes a large bell, lotus symbol on the lobby ceiling and numerous Buddha statues of different sizes. The Four Tenets of Chung Tai are featured along one wall: to our elders be respectful; to our juniors be kind; with all humanity be harmonious; in all endeavors be true.
She said the monastery, which draws so much curiosity, has a gray exterior with a curved shape in the front to symbolize open arms.
That design is perfect, because the nuns reach out to the community in many ways, the abbess said.
Those outreach offerings include meditation classes, Zen Buddhism classes, vegetarian cooking classes for children and adults, dharma lectures, sutra study, ceremonies and other activities.
“You can have different cultural experiences,” she said. “People want to learn about Buddhism.”
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Buddha Mind Monastery
•What: Zen Buddhism classes, meditation classes, yoga class, vegetarian cooking classes, dharma lectures, Zen retreats.
•Where: 5800 S Anderson Road.
•Information: 610-2707 or ctbuddhamind.org.