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Headlines from the past: Coquitlam's Buddhist temple finally gets its bell

COQUITLAM — Japanese Buddhist temple was constructed in 1989.
Zuien Konomura prepares for installation of a six-foot tall ceremonial bell at Coquitlam's Japanese Buddhist temple in 1993.

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The Japanese Buddhist Temple has been tucked away on Coquitlam's Jackson Street, between the Trans-Canada and Lougheed highways, since 1989.

But it wasn't fully completed until three years later, when its ceremonial bell was finally installed.

The bell cost $30,000, that came from a fundraising campaign led by Zuicho Hashimoto, the abbott of a small temple in Japan who was instrumental in getting the temple built.

The bell was welcomed with a special "eye opening ceremony" attended by more than 100 guests from Japan, children from local schools and community members.

"The spirit of the bell will be activated," the temple’s priest, Keith Snyder, told the Tri-City News, adding the sound of the bell helps dissolve the negative, or klesa, a key component of Buddhist teaching.

Snyder said while the bell is usually rung twice a day at most temples, and on New Years Eve, he was unsure how frequently it would sound out at the Coquitlam temple.

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