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Buddhist meditation center to open in Westford

Wat Buddhabhavana of Massachusetts has broken ground on a shrine and temple on a former farm at 25 Milot Road in Westford. The current property includes a main house along with two barns that have been converted into meditation halls. Designed in the traditional style of ancient Laotian shrines, the new facility will be used by Buddhist monks for ordination, morning and evening chanting, and religious ceremonies. Leaders plan for the temple to be an important religious landmark as well as a meeting place. Contiguous to a bird sanctuary and nature preserve, the Wat Buddhabhavana grounds are open to the public and the monks often greet and chat with bikers and walkers.

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