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Minnesota Pagoda Prepares for Buddha Relics

A Cambodian community in Minnesota celebrated a three-day Buddhist ceremony this month, with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stupa to hold Buddha relics at Wat Munisotaram.

The ceremony, held from 14 to 16 August, marked the 21st anniversary of the pagoda, in Hampton, Minnesota. The Buddha relics to be housed there came from Sri Lanka, which shares Cambodia’s Theravada Buddhism traditions.

Forty-five monks from Khmer, Bangladeshi, Laotian, Thai and Vietnamese temples in the US, Cambodia and Canada attended the ceremony.