Video coming soon: Healing trauma at Phrea Buddha Rangsey Temple
In addition to its religious functions, Buddhist temples normally also serve as community centers or as social spaces for members of a particular cultural-linguistic group. As touchstones in the community, temples facilitate informal social networks and serve as information hubs, often including issues related to health. Temple spaces are especially important resources for immigrant communities as they connect members with the home language, foodways, and other aspects of culture that help to reinforce identity and a sense of belonging. In certain cases, where temple members have arrived in the US as refugees or in the wake of violence or political persecution, the activities within the temple are explicitly framed in terms of healing from the effects of collective trauma.