INTERNATIONAL BUDDHISM FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION
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Join Us in Our New Journey!
We are excited to announce that after a dedicated period of 2 years and 8 months of construction, our dream has materialized into a stunning 4-story temple building. Today, we joyfully open the doors of the first floor to you! This new space is not just a building; it's a sanctuary for nurturing the mind and body, a hub for community engagement, and a center for enriching educational experiences. We invite you to step into this serene haven, explore what we offer, and become a part of our ever-growing family. Discover more about our vision, programs, and upcoming events by visiting us at IBFA Chicago Temple.
We recently celebrated our official opening with a heartfelt ceremony on Vesak Day, May 26, 2023. If you missed the live event, don't worry – we've captured the essence of this special day in a video, available for you to view right here. Join us virtually as we commemorate this new chapter and envision the countless moments of learning, service, and spiritual growth that await us in this new home.
Explore Ways to Give:
Visit our donation page to see how you can contribute, or feel free to visit us in person – we would love to meet you.
Special Acknowledgment for Generous Donors:
In gratitude, we're offering a unique way to honor significant contributions. Donations of $3,000 or more will be recognized with your name on our temple's Recognition Wall, a lasting testament to your generosity. For donations of $10,000 or more, your name will be prominently displayed on the Recognition Wall on our second floor.
Convenient Donation Methods:
Via Zelle: Simply use our Zelle ID: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org for quick and easy transfers.
By Check: If you prefer, send a check to IBFA, 2251 S. Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616.
Your support is more than a donation; it's an act of faith in our mission and a contribution to a legacy that will serve generations to come. Join us in this noble endeavor and be a part of something truly transformative.
Celebrating Our Milestone: The Completion of Enlightenment Temple
We are thrilled to share the wonderful news that the reconstruction of the Enlightenment Temple in Chicago, a project that began with the foundation work in mid-2020, is now complete. This achievement marks a significant chapter in our journey, one that was made possible through the collective efforts and unwavering support of our community.
Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic and various other factors, we successfully raised enough funds to construct the first two floors of the temple. While our initial vision included a grand four-story structure, encompassing a Dhamma Hall, Meditation Hall, and Library Room for the physical and spiritual enrichment of the public, we had to adapt our plans in response to the circumstances.
Today, as we stand in our completed four-story temple, we are filled with gratitude and a renewed sense of purpose. The completion of this phase is not just an end, but also a new beginning. We recognize that maintaining and enriching this sacred space is an ongoing journey, one that continues to rely on the support and generosity of people from all walks of life.
Thank you for being part of this remarkable journey. With your continued support, we can keep the flame of enlightenment burning bright in Chicago's Chinatown."
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Join Us in Celebrating Our Rebuilt Temple - And Help Us Continue to Grow
We're thrilled to announce the completion of our four-story Enlightenment Temple, a reality made possible by your generous support. From our humble start in 2004 to our move to Chicago’s South Chinatown in 2009, your contributions have been instrumental in our growth and success.
Despite initial challenges, your unwavering generosity enabled us not only to meet but exceed our fundraising goals, allowing us to construct the full four-story temple we had envisioned. This accomplishment is a celebration of our shared commitment to providing a space for education, meditation, and community service.
As we embark on the next phase of our journey, we invite your continued support. Donating is easy and versatile – no PayPal account is needed; we accept credit cards and eChecks. Please visit our Donation page to contribute to our ongoing efforts.
Thank you for being a vital part of our community and for making the Enlightenment Temple a beacon of hope and spiritual growth. Together, let's continue to make a difference!
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