Chua Linh-Son Buddhist Temple
|Abbot(s)||Venerable Thich Tri-Hue|
|Address||4604 Duval Rd., Austin, TX 78727|
Leader/Title: Venerable Thich Tri-Hue Ethnic Composition: Mostly Vietnamese, with a growing non-Vietnamese population. Resident Monks: Venerable Thich Tri-Hue(Abbot), Thich Hue-Minh (Vice-Abbot), Tradition: Theravada
History and Leadership
As the Austin Vietnamese community grew, the second Chua Linh-Son temple in Austin was added in 1998. The new temple, although smaller, is more conveniently located and provides the local community with a resident monk. Today, the Vietnamese Buddhist community of Austin utilizes both temples. The Austin temple is smaller than the Leander temple, but is a more convenient weekly meeting place. The temple also provides a meeting place for the Linh-Son Buddhist Youth Association which works to maintain Vietnamese culture in America. Venerable Thich Tri-Hue, the head monk, often travels back and forth between the two Austin-area temples and Houston as needed to conduct ceremonies or to be present at holidays. Thich Hue-Minh (Vice-Abbot) has lived at the Austin temple for about three years. He came to the US on a dangerous ocean voyage from Vietnam. He arrived safely in America and was later ordained in Houston. When asked what he thinks of living in Austin he replied, "I would be happy anywhere where I was able to practice Buddhism and to help people." 
Activities and Schedule
Members of the community are free to speak with or visit the temple’s resident monk at any time. Thich Hue Minh agreed that his role is often similar to that of a counselor. In return, the community is responsible for supporting the resident monk. A meditation course typically meets on the third Sunday of the month. There is also a Buddhist studies course facilitated by Thich Tri-Hue and Thich Hue-Minh (Vice-Abbot). The Linh-Son Buddhist Youth Association meets every Sunday. Typically, there is a chanting service from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. followed by classes in Vietnamese language, Buddhism, and culture until 11:55 a.m. There are six levels of study in the Linh-Son Buddhist Youth Association. Graduates often go on to teach.
The community is predominantly Vietnamese, however, the temple is often visited by Chinese, Thais, Cambodians, Sri Lankans, Indians, and Westerners. Chanting services are conducted in Vietnamese. There are 3000-5000 Vietnamese Buddhists in Austin. There are about 30-40 students in the Vietnamese language and culture classes each week.
The Austin Linh-Son Temple was originally a private residence. Today, the property features a prayer hall as well as living quarters for resident monks and a small garden. A small multi-purpose room can be used as a meeting space, a classroom, or a dining area. All funds to purchase and convert the property were raised by the Austin Vietnamese community. There is large school behind the temple, which facilitates larger classes in Vietnamese language and culture as well as Buddhist studies.
Major holidays at the Linh-Son temple include Trung Thu, a mid-autumn moon festival, Vu-Lan, a day honoring mothers that is similar to Mother’s day in America, Tet, the Vietnamese New Year (a.k.a. Lunar New Year), and the Buddha’s Birthday. Larger celebrations usually are held at the Leander temple which has more space to accommodate more people. The Linh-Son Buddhist Youth Association is very active and enjoys events such as cookouts and camping trips. The activities of this group are organized very much like Boy/Girl Scouts.