Buddhist shrine reopens after being vandalized

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – The Buddha on 9th, a Sugar House landmark and Buddhist shrine, reopened with a rededication and celebration this afternoon.

The terracotta statue was vandalized with a large rock back on January 25. Owner Benjamin Dieterle started a GoFundMe page and raised $3,700 from 133 donors to replace the broken statue and to add new security features. The whole project cost approximately $8,000.

Approximately 100 people from the community attended the rededication ceremony which also happens to be Buddha’s birthday.

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