A quiet Buddhist temple that sits 4 miles down a winding one-lane road in the Fremont Hills seems an unlikely place for a fight against discrimination and religious freedom. But it became the subject of a civil rights lawsuit filed Thursday by San Francisco lawyer Angela Alioto.
The lawsuit argues that the city of Fremont violated the constitutional rights of the Temple of the 1001 Buddhas and its founder, MiaoLan Lee, a Buddhist master, who purchased the 29-acre property in 2010 on Mill Creek Road and began operating it. to improve. The temple consists of several buildings and serves as a retreat and place of prayer, not a public gathering place like a church.