Lingyen Mountain Buddhist Temple expansion hits roadblock in Richmond, BC

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Plans to expand Lingyen Mountain Buddhist Temple in Richmond, BC, hit a roadblock this week when city officials requested the architect to withdraw the temple’s proposal. The city is re-evaluating zoning regulations for the area where the temple is located on Number 5 Road and asked the temple to wait until their study is completed before proceeding. More details in the Vancouver Sun article.

This is not the first time Lingyen Mountain has run afoul of the Richmond authorities – they had an expansion proposal rejected five years ago as well.

For more background, read this article by Gabriella Wong in the Asian Journal, September 23, 2010.

The blog operated by citizens opposed to the expansion can be found here, at Richmond Watch!

The Globe and Mail recently published part two of a series entitled “The Future of Faith” which deals with Number 5 Road, also known as the Highway to Heaven on account of the many religious institutions which have established themselves there.

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