“In the beginning when you learn to practice it’s best to practice in silent where there’s less distraction. It’s not just auditory or sound but also visual you want to eliminate all the distraction; things that could distract you from your practice. As you develop further in your practice you can also develop ways to practice when there are distractions around. But to get to that point you have to be further along in your practice and you have to develop a lot of wisdoms, knowledge, and understanding to prevent those distractions from affecting your practice. So once you gain certain level of proficiency in your practice the noise, sounds, and visual distractions will not detract you from your practice.”
The Wat Buddha Samakidham Temple in Columbus, Ohio is nestled into an area of small farms and residential neighborhoods between I-270 and Route 33. The sounds of a busy highway hum in the background of the converted 4-acre farm. Three main buildings make up the temple grounds: a farmhouse, converted equipment hanger and barn. There are currently two monks in residence at the temple site, but this number fluctuates throughout the year. The grounds are staked out with five-colored dharma (Pali dhamma) flags and sprinkled with colorful statues of dragons and tigers, as well as refurbished tires made into flower planters.