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Groundbreaking Set for New Pagoda
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Groundbreaking Set for New Pagoda

The Chaiya Meditation Monastery has been a part of the southwest Las Vegas community for the past three years. Since it opened its doors in 2008, it has welcomed thousands of people looking for a place to worship and find a peace of mind. Now a groundbreaking is set for Sunday, May 15 for a golden Buddhist pagoda at the monastery, the first one ever built in Nevada.

A pagoda is typically a tiered tower structure typically found in many Asian countries including Thailand, China, and Japan. It is considered as a house of worship and usually holds sacred relics of the lord Buddha. Many Buddhist people see pagodas as a place where the Buddha lives on in spirit.

At the Chaiya Meditation Monastery, the pagoda will be built in the middle of its outdoor garden. Master Chaiya who runs the monastery said he welcomes people of all faiths and religions to come and experience the pagoda once it is built. In fact, the meditation monastery has been a gathering place for people from around the world who wants to learn about the art of meditation. Free meditation classes are offered daily and master chaiya has also been a guest lecturer for a number of UNLV philosophy classes where students learn about Buddhism.

The pagoda at the meditation monastery is estimated to cost around $100,000. The groundbreaking ceremony is set for Sunday, May 15 starting at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and donations are gladly accepted. You can contact the monastery for more information at 702-456-3838 or email chaiya@chaiyacmm.org. The address for Chaiya Meditation Monastery, 7925 Virtue Court.

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