The cheesy, cheesy, cheesy listing description notwithstanding (“Eat, Pray, Love in El Portal on the Little River,” really?), this four-bedroom house on Miami’s Little River in El Portal, is an interesting little number. Listed at $1.5 million, the house is currently the Open Awareness Buddhist Center, who brought with them four Buddhist stupas that have been plopped in the backyard and are… again, according to the listing… the only Buddhist stupas in the entire State of Florida, a claim that seems highly unlikely considering how important stupas are to Buddhism, but hey, who knows?
The existence of the stupas, which come with the house, bring with them a slew of new questions that the next owner will undoubtedly have, but which the listing description doesn’t exactly answer. Considering how holy stupas are for Buddhists, can they just leave them there when a new, non-Buddhist owner moves in? Can they be un-stuppad, like a church is un-churched or unblessed or whatever when the congregation moves out and the next owner wants to demolish the place, or turn it into a nightclub like the famed Limelight club used to be in New York? Can a new owner get rid of them? Legally they probably can, but how does that work with the religious significance of these things? The Big Bubble is just dying to know!
Hi Sean, I always enjoy your articles and I was also thinking of the Limelight in New York as I was reading. Take care and keep sharing your stuff.
Thank you for mentioning the property in your newsletter.
Please come to the Open House on Sunday 12/4/22 from 2-4:00p and I will answer your questions.