For the time being, I will use this blog post as a general information site for this Temple, because I have not yet found a website for it in either English or Vietnamese. If anyone knows of a homepage or other Temple-sanctioned or Sangha-sanctioned representation in either language, please email me at SouthHoustonSangha@gmail.com so that I can update accordingly.
Linh Son Temple, or Linh Son Pagoda as it seems to be alternatively known, was brought to my attention last night by another English-speaking Sangha member who described her attempts to visit it. I'm not sure how she first heard of it, but she made two different trips hoping to hear a Dharma talk delivered in English, and on neither visit was she successful.
This kind of experience is unfortunately common in our area (a similar thing happened to me also at a different local temple; more on that later) and, once again, is the kind of result I hope to rectify via the sharing of information in this blog.
Even the act of finding Linh Son in a geographical sense is a challenge; I only managed to do it by zeroing in based on descriptions provided by other bloggers and Flickr users.
This is how Google plots its internet-reported address of 1334 FM 646 (Google can't make up its mind whether the address is in Dickinson or Santa Fe). Nothing but residential subdivisions in this area.
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And guess what else?? There is (or at least there was, as of 2008), an English Sangha group there. I know this because, despite not having found a homepage or other official representation, I found (drumroll, please!) some of their Dharma talks uploaded to YouTube.
So thank you, T., for bringing Chua Linh Son to my attention. Here, better late than never, is one of the Dharma talks you had been seeking (and there's a whole series of them on YouTube). This is an interesting one because the Venerable is responding to a question from an English Sangha member about how to deal with Christians who are opposed to his study of Buddhism.