Indiana Buddhist Temple Location: Roughly 25 minutes Southeast of Fort Wayne, 7528 Thompson Road, Hoagland, IN 46745
The Indiana Buddhist Temple is a temple in Hoagland, Indiana, on the first floor of the Abbott’s house, where it hosts a variety of services, including a meditation service on “Mindfulness of Breathing.” Before and after meditation, worship leader Bhante Devananda does a chant in Pali, which is the Buddhist language. Meditation is done sitting in a comfortable position, closing your eyes, and listening.
The meditation time consists of sitting in a comfortable position, closing your eyes, and listening to a few instructions: “Let go of school; work; responsibilities; negative emotion. You cannot take this with you to achieve happiness.” Or “Take one mindful breath in…. and let a mindful breath out.” (A mindful breath is a deep breath that you concentrate on really feeling.) Meditation may sound intimidating at first, and in some ways it is. Even regulars say you can meditate for years before you’re able to do it properly.
But while many who attend the Temple’s services are Buddhist, you don’t have to be Buddhist to meditate. Buddhism can be more about the philosophy of happiness, peacefulness, and kindness, worship leaders say.
People of all religions (or lack thereof) attend meditation services. On our visit, we met a woman who was Catholic, and a man who was Agnostic.
Bhante Devananda, who was doing the chanting and blessing, blessed us a few times with the phrase, “May you be well, happy, and peaceful.” Both Bhante Devananda and the regular worshippers welcome to newcomers into the community, with food and tea, offered knowledge, and invitations. #meditation #mindful #mindfulness #mindfullnessmoment #mindfulnessmeditation #buddhisttemple #buddhistmonk #mettabhavana #metta #lovingkindness #lovingkindnessmeditation #indianabuddhisttemple #bhantedevananda #indiana #fortwayne #buddhism #buddhistchant #buddhistchanting #theravadachanting #chant #pali #tipitakachanting