In this post, I'm going to describe two local and one national Buddhism information resources. As of today, all of these sources are incomplete, such that if a seeker uses them to gauge either the breadth or depth of Houston's Buddhist community, an inaccurate picture will result. However, all have the potential for independent updates and may further develop to become valuable comprehensive information resources, so they are noted here for possible future reference as well as perspective.
In researching these sources, I contacted members of Houston's academic community for input, and I thank them for their attention and replies.
(1) The Harvard Pluralism Project. Dr. Michele Verma, Lecturer in the University of Houston Religious Studies Program, was unaware of any viable compilations describing local Buddhism, but suggested I investigate the Harvard Pluralism Project.
|The website allows searching by tradition, and searching geographically.|
|Map resources were also provided, but it's immediately apparent that portions of the database have not been updated in eight years.|
|An effort has been made to profile different Buddhist organizations in Austin, Texas. Each listed center has been evaluated in a manner analogous to those being added to the "Temple Profiles" section of South Houston Sangha News.|
|This is what the page banner looked like as of this blog post. This resource list has not been updated since 2002.|
|These were the listed facilities as of 2002. In an email, Dr. Klein noted that the list had never been complete with respect to ethnic Buddhist Temples, especially Vietnamese.|
|Texas Buddhist Council mission statement from the webpage cited above.|
So there you have the best current information that I've been able to find on local inter-group Buddhist associations and database resources. As always, if you have additional information, please email me via southhoustonsangha -at- gmail.