The Austin Zen Center reflects one of the more interesting trends in American life
Many Austinites have turned to Zen Buddhism to cope in today's world.
"It's possible that people are coming to the Austin Zen Center or any other spiritual practice because of the world we live in," said Sozan Scheilin of the Austin Zen Center. "It's violent, it's commercial, based on money completely."
in an older neighborhood near the University of Texas campus, the Austin
Zen Center offers an alternative way to practice spirituality. Although
many consider the practice of Zen Buddhism their primary method of being
spiritual, many who come to the Austin Zen Center practice other faiths
"Is Buddhism a religion or is Zen a religion?" asks Selrin Barbara Kohn. "If you are saying is Zen theistic or deistic. No, it is not. But if you are looking at a way of life which looks at how is it that things are, that is concerned with ethics and how we treat one another than it is very much a religion."
Zen Buddhism -- steeped in Japanese tradition -- teaches about the here
and now through meditation, according to Kohn. But it is not a religion
that deals with metaphysics.
Produced by Tom Spencer.
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