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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

Lots of fun at Kadampa's ‘Fun Fair'

By Meghan Michelle Caracci - reporter / photographer

By: Meghan Michelle Caracci | Democrat
The event promised to be a fun one for all ages.
GLEN SPEY — Nestled at the top of a hill, overlooking a meticulously manicured lawn and garden, the Kadampa World Peace Temple is not a landmark that one would expect to find at the end of a steep dirt road in Sullivan County.
However, as the intermittent sunlight glinted off the golden ornaments atop the temple, a steady stream of visitors indicated that this year's Fun Fair would be the biggest and best yet.
In 2008, the fair started with just a handful of vendors and attendees, but has grown to accommodate over 40 vendors, a substantial flea market, a talented string of musicians, and fresh cuisine available all day long.
The temple places an emphasis on Buddhist teachings and attaining inner peace through meditation, but the fair introduced a family element that appealed to people of all ages. From guided nature hikes, to tours of the temple itself, to vendors peddling everything from handmade jewelry to glass mosaic wind chimes, and plenty of interactive games for the younger demographic in attendance, there was no shortage of activities for fairgoers to engage in.
Lindsay Ring, who has coordinated the event for the past four years and nurtured it to the point of public recognition, hopes it will convey the message that “we're here, we're a place of public benefit.

Indeed, the theme of accessible and affordable fun was made possible by free admission, parking, and endless activities to partake in.
Ring referred to this as the temple's offering to the community, acknowledging the “gifts” from many of the musicians and performers who had volunteered their skills.
Ultimately, she expressed her desire for people to associate the temple with a day of fun, and the Fun Fair proved to be a successful public outreach endeavor.
The fair introduced people that may otherwise have never been aware of the temple and the picturesque 82 acres it resides on.
Though this event only happens once a year, the temple is open every day for people who want to sit in quiet contemplation, experience a guided meditation class, explore the four on site hiking trails, or even enjoy a latte in the café.

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