Buddhist temples vs. Buddhist Meditation retreats?

I had a great experience at a meditation retreat inspired by Buddhist beliefs. I got a lot out of it! So much in fact, that I thought I would join a Buddhist "church" of sorts. However the experience was nothing like that of the retreat. It was so dissapointing! It was like any other Christian church I... show more I had a great experience at a meditation retreat inspired by Buddhist beliefs. I got a lot out of it! So much in fact, that I thought I would join a Buddhist "church" of sorts.

However the experience was nothing like that of the retreat. It was so dissapointing! It was like any other Christian church I had been to... just change a few names around, and it was the same service.

Why are there Buddhist churches/temples... when retreats seem to offer so much more?
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