Tam Bao Meditation Center is one of the biggest and oldest Buddhist temples in Louisiana. Located in Baton Rouge, this center has served members and practitioners locally as well as those who come from New Orleans and Lafayette since 1985.
The temple is one of the popular religious sites emphasizing a structure of Buddhist Zen tradition combined with a rich history of Vietnam, a hint of Indochina culture together with modern Western architecture. The main Meditation Hall can host up to 150 practitioners surrounded by the front courtyard and the Happy Buddha garden; while the nearby Appreciation Tower stores cremation urns and serves as a worshiping center. Other buildings include Nuns dorm, Monks dorm, Community kitchen and two log cabins for guests. The highlight of the temple is thirty-two live oak trees and beautiful landscapes, which makes this religious institute become a peaceful park right next to a busy corner of the Baton Rouge City.
The primary purpose of Buddhism is to end sufferings. Tam Bao Temple applies the Mahayana, “The Great Vehicle,” tradition to help the public, not just ordained monks and nuns, understand and develop the correct Buddhist teachings, so they can liberate themselves from daily difficulties and find more peace and happiness.