A Buddhist temple appears headed for 40-40 24th Street. The three story structure that previously stood in its place is now in the process of being demolished. We stopped by last we and saw that scaffolding has been installed and the building is partially razed pursuant to a permit that was approved by the Department of Buildings back in January.1
A three-story “community facility” building containing 15,022 square feet of commercial space will eventually rise in its place. Plans were filed with the DOB in August 2018 from a business with the name “Queens Buddhist Center” by an individual associated with Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI-USA).2 Here’s more about SGI from its website:
Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI-USA) is the most diverse Buddhist community in the United States with more than 500 chapters and some 100 centers throughout the country. SGI-USA is part of the larger SGI network, which comprises more than 12 million people in 192 countries and territories around the world. SGI members base their practice on the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Buddhism, which teaches that each person has within the courage, wisdom and compassion to face and surmount any of life’s challenges. Based on core Buddhist principles such as respecting the dignity of human life and the interconnectedness of self and the environment, SGI engages in various peace activities, including human rights education, the movement to abolish nuclear weapons and efforts to promote sustainable development.