Thursday, April 1

Buddhist Inquiry for the Statesman

Wrapping up my religion coverage (for now) -

The Appamada center in central Austin hosts weekly inquiry sessions during the Tuesday lunch hour. Flint Sparks, a psychologist and ordained Zen Buddhist priest, leads a short meditation followed by dilemmas or issues presented by the members.  Sparks then addresses the problems using a combination of Buddhist teachings, psychology practice and other influences.

A camera sounds more like a machine gun when photographing meditation.  The Inquiry group graciously allowed me to challenge their powers of concentration.  The space was calm, centered, and filled with light.  You can read more about Austin's Buddhist temples and practitioners here.

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