Linh Son Temple

Windsor, Ontario | C.1980

Photo Credit: Abhijeet Pathak

Did you know Windsor has a history as a safe haven for refugees? Not long ago, the city served as one of the last stops on the Underground Railroad, welcoming tens of thousands to freedom. Then in the 1970s & 80s, Canada received one of the largest influxes of communities escaping the Vietnam conflict by boat and small ship. Once again, Windsor opened its doors.

Since its construction in the early 1980s, the golden-yellow paint and imposing red columns of the Linh Son Buddhist temple has been a peaceful retreat for members of this community that sought refuge in a foreign land. The structure served as community center and a training facility for Bhikhus and Bhikhunis (monks and nuns) and is home to intricate interior murals, statuary, and gardens.

Having been expanded three times, the temple and its continually growing community is a testament to the sacrifice and bravery of the many refugees who made the dangerous journey. Though a long way from their origins, their stories and traditions live on along the shores of Windsor.

Written By: Seamus McMahon

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