Looking for a Place to Worship

March 21, 2007


Source: Rocky Mount Telegram


Mary Atkeson does not know any other Buddhists in Rocky Mount.

Though she became a Buddhist 20 years ago, the first 10 of which she lived in Tarboro, there was nowhere to go locally to practice her faith. Atkeson, who owns the Booktrader in Rocky Mount, did not let it stop her.

Instead, she began commuting twice a week to meetings of the Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center in Greenville, where she was first introduced to the religion.

"Driving an hour is no big difficulty. For people who are really interested in their faith, an hour's drive is nothing," said Atkeson, who now lives in Greenville.

Open a phone book and look under churches, and there will be hundreds of listings. But for members of some religions with smaller representation or no place to call their own in the area, practicing faith becomes a bit more complicated.