The Long Island Buddhist Meditation Center will relocate to Grange Hall

The Long Island Buddhist Meditation Center will relocate to Grange Hall

By Vincent Ball and Nick Musumeci

Ripples in the window panes, missing wood shingles, and a sign in the back that read “Art for Sale,” but no art will be sold at the historic Grange Hall in the near future. Instead, the building is about to be born again.

In April, the Long Island Buddhist Meditation Center will be closing on a deal for Grange Hall in Northville. This will become the meditation center’s primary location, as they will be moving on from their current establishment in Port Jefferson. The meditation center expects the move to completed later this spring, once repairs are made to Grange Hall.

“We have been searching for a suitable location to relocate to for over a year,” Nicole Gamar, a senior member of the Long Island Buddhist Meditation Center explained.  “When one of our members, Don Jayamaha learned that the Grange Hall was available, he brought our group, including our resident monk, Bhante Nanda, to see the building. We are very excited about this new space, and about becoming a part of its long and beautiful history.”

With as many as thirty people sitting in on a meditation, operating out of a single-family residence is no longer enough. Members of the congregation believe the 3,500 square-foot Grange Hall, more than double their current location, will provide their organization with greater opportunity.

“The new place will have much more space and be accommodating to festivities, retreats, and a larger brotherhood of monks,” Adam McKay, a member of the meditation center, said.

Grange Hall’s life began in 1831 as a local meeting house before it was utilized as a church, then later a school known as the Northville Academy. Most recently the site was used a sanctuary by the First Parish Church.

“We were a small community, so we had worship spiritual formation and retreats in it for several years,” Former Pastor of First Parish Church UCC, Dianne Rodriguez said. “Throughout her history, The Grange was rooted in the religious agricultural and artistic communities of the neighborhood. We were blessed by the building’s soul knowing her walls had many stories to tell.”

Through the constructs of their own faith, the meditation center plans to continue Grange Hall’s tradition of serving the community by introducing their own ideas.


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