During the first week of August, 2021, the Van Hanh Buddhist Meditation Center, located at 158 Genesee St. in the city of Rochester, NY, was burglarized, vandalized, and desecrated. The meditation center serves as a sanctuary for many in the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian communities. It is also a location for visiting Monks from all over the world. The Rochester Police Department has no suspects in custody and there is no ongoing investigation. Whether this was an Anti-Asian attack or a crime of opportunity, it is without a doubt an assault on the immigrant community, the Vietnamese and Asian communities, and all communities of faith. Unfortunately, this is the culmination of many years of personal, property, and civil rights violations towards this community with no justice or redress. The Rochester community and its governing bodies cannot allow this to continue.
Many holy objects and statues were destroyed and the living area, structure, storage buildings, and grounds were left in shambles. The pictures above show only a small portion of the damage done throughout the property. There is a community clean-up scheduled for Sunday, August 15th from 2:00 PM-8:00 P.M. You may sign up for a time slot, here . Please honor Covid protocols and wear a mask indoors if you attend.
Financial donations are needed as well to upgrade the fencing, gates, doors, security system as well as general restoration and repair to building structure. Any amount you can donate by GoFundMe is appreciated!
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- By Check: Make check out to “PEARL Resources, Inc” and send to:
PEARL Resources, Inc.
215 Tremont St., Door #2
Rochester, NY 14608
Thank you for your donations to help the Van Hanh Buddhist Meditation Center.