Buu Mon Buddhist temple, established in 1980, was the first Buddhist center in Beaumont, Texas. In fact, that’s where it gets its name. During its early stages, the temple moved to Orange, Texas for a few years and settled into its current location, in Port Arthur, Texas, in 1986. This building started out as a Baptist church, and became a Vietnamese Catholic church in 1976. Abbot Thich Huyen Viet and his small congregation moved in, and after much remodeling and renovation, had built a stupa where there was once a steeple, and installed seven foot tall guilt bronze Buddha seated on the altar in front of a fresco mural of a Bodhi tree on a river’s shore. The dedication ceremony for the current temple was held on August 15, 1987.