A 14-acre, $100 million extension to Huong Dao Temple near Fort Worth’s Stop Six neighborhood began construction in a ceremony on Sunday.
Members of the East Fort Worth Buddhist Monastery have laid the foundation stone for the expansion, which will result in 840 stupas large and small to house the sacred teachings.
The event included Arlington Mayor Jim Ross, District 5 Council Member Gyna Bivens, and Haltom City Mayor An Truong.
The granite and steel structures, which will stand 130 feet tall at their tallest points, are expected to be visible for miles from the monastery at 4717 E. Rosedale St. and will provide space to preserve sacred Buddhist teachings.
“The site will be an anchor for our rich culture and ancient architecture representing Asian Buddhist countries,” said Tue Nhan Bhikkhu, also known as Reverend Nguyen.
Bhikkhu said that throughout history only kings were usually able to have the funds to build such a sacred site, making the structure a monumental project.
The teachings are considered profound by Buddhists, being the “message of compassion, wisdom and liberation”.
Huong Dao Monastery has been located in Fort Worth for over 25 years, Bhikkhu said. The temple, which is known for its 12,000 square foot worship hall and gardens, is used by approximately 1,000 mostly Vietnamese-American practitioners of the Buddhist faith.
City leaders said the construction of the stupas and the Sunday celebration were important to Fort Worth and made more special by the celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which takes place throughout May. .
In 2020, the Tarrant Area Food Bank recognized the temple as one of the main distribution points for residents in need. Temple events include health fairs, denominational information sessions, and food distribution events.
This story was originally published May 15, 2022 4:41 p.m.