Layton Buddhist temple leaking

By Jamie Lampros, Standard-Examiner, September 17, 2005

LAYTON, Utah (USA) -- When it rains, it pours. Especially at Wat Dhammagunaram. The Buddhist Temple has a major leak in its roof and every time it rains everything gets soaked.

"It's a pretty steady leak when it starts to rain," said Roberta Chase, community liaison. "The carpet gets wet and it just starts soaking everything. We have plastic down right now to temporarily help."

Leaks seem to be an ongoing problem for the temple's towering roof.

Two years ago, there was a different leak. With the help of local donations from businesses and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the leak was repaired, Chase said.

"We really need to replace the roof but we don't even have the funds to make the repair," Chase said.

The cost of the repair would be approximately $47,000.

But that's not the only problem the temple is facing. Layton has just informed them that they must get rid of the septic tank and hook up to a sewer line. That will cost another $20,000.

"When the city lines run within so close to your property, then you have to hook up to the sewer," Chase said. "So, basically we have no choice. Both of these things are very critical. We've held a fundraiser and tried various things to raise money but we aren't having much luck so far."

Wat Dhammagunaram, which means "happy place," was first located in Ogden before moving to its Layton location in 1995.

There are 10 monks who live on the site.

To make a donation, call Chase at 801-966-0639.