Pagoda will be Austin’s biggest meditation center
By Nancy Flores
Updated: 6:41 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2012
Published: 6:21 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2012
Wild turkeys and deer usually roam the grounds of the serene Buddhist monastery and meditation center that sits on 16 sprawling acres in Southwest Austin. But for now, the peacefulness at Sitagu Buddhist Vihara has been interrupted. It’s become a construction site for what will soon become Austin’s biggest meditation center.
A special focal point of the new campus is the construction of a 54-foot-high Buddhist pagoda, which is a replica of one three times bigger — the Shwe Zi Gon Pagoda in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Austin’s pagoda at the Sitagu Vihara will be the largest Burmese-style pagoda in America. Elaborate pagodas — spaces used for Buddhist religious purposes like the ordination of monks — help memorialize Buddha with relics and sacred images.
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