Monday, September 29, Mr. Vennell’s Peace Studies class visited the New England Peace Pagoda in Leverret, MA.
Built entirely by volunteer labor, the Peace Pagoda was inaugurated in 1985. It is one of approximately 80 worldwide and the first to be built in North America.
The New England Peace Pagoda is a place for people of all faiths and backgrounds to come together in peace.
The actual Pagoda structure is a memorial containing a relic of the Buddha.
To the left of the pagoda is the new temple, a place for prayer and the eventual living space for the monastics of the Pagoda.
While there, students learned about the life and spiritual journey of the Buddha from Sister Claire.
After a tour around the Pagoda which included chanting, an offering of incense, and drumming by Sister Claire; students performed community service by helping Brother Toby prepare the Pagoda for Sunday’s anniversary celebration.