Finding Peace and Joy in Austin

How a rare statue in an unassuming temple made the capital city a place to seriously study Buddhism.
Finding Peace and Joy in Austin
Photograph by Jody Horton

Each morning Lama Lobtsul, the Lama in residence at the Palri Pema Od Ling Buddhist center in Austin, enters the temple and performs the important task of arranging offerings of water, candles and incense in front of the rare statue of Guru Rinpoche.

The thirteen-foot-tall, 2,500-pound brass representation of the India Buddhist master who brought Buddhism to Tibet in the eighth century radiates like a beacon from behind picture windows overlooking busy 45th Street, across from the Hyde Park Christian Church, in a mostly residential area.

If you make aspirations in front of the statue,” said Lama Lobtsul via Ila Reitz, his translator, “then it will be of great benefit to you in this life and future lives—just as if you were in front of


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