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Visiting the Temple

 

The Buddhist Meditation Center (BMC), also known as Watpaknam Michigan, is a Theravada Buddhist temple that was established in 2009. The BMC is open to anyone who wishes to learn more about Buddhism or meditation.

 

Open Hours Daily: 6 am to 8 pm 

Daily Morning Chanting and Meditation: 6 am
Daily Evening Chanting and Meditation: 7 pm (Winter Months @ 6 pm)
Sunday Special Services: 10 am to 2 pm (Monks are offered lunch at 11 am)

The BMC offers a monthly English Dhamma Night and is a great 1st time introduction.  
Click here for more information ===> English Dhamma Night

Important facts to know when visiting the Buddhist Meditation Center:

  1. Please ring the doorbell if the door is locked during open hours.
  2. No appointment needed during open hours; however we suggest you attend the monthly English Dhamma Night for your 1st visit.
  3. Never feel obligated to donate or bring anything to the temple as an offering.
  4. Please remove shoes when entering the building.
  5. Please dress appropriately:
      • Comfortable clothing is encouraged as most meditation is done sitting on the floor
      • Women should dress modestly (Shoulders, chest and legs should be covered)
      • Please refrain from wearing offensive clothing
  6. Please show respect to the resident monks and temple by:
      • Greeting with the traditional Wai gesture. This is done by slightly bowing, with the palms pressed together in a prayer-like fashion.
      • Refraining from touching the monks if you are a woman
      • Never pointing your feet at the monks or the Buddha image
  7. Prior to beginning to meditate:
      • Theravada Buddhists use a five point bow three times before and after entering the meditation hall. 
      • It is tradition to chant in the Pali Language. Participation in chanting is not required however there are English translation books if you would like to follow along!
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