Saturday, March 27, 2010
The biggest news over the past couple weeks is that I led service by myself. Rev Kevin had business on another island, and since our temple doesn't have another minister "stationed" with us, the responsibility fell on me to lead service on Sunday. I sat in the altar area and led the chanting and gave a "sermon", although I wouldn't really call it a sermon since I'm not a minister yet.
The service went really well! I was nervous about all the technical details, like maybe I would forget to say "Namo Amida Butsu" when I was supposed to say it, or whatever. But I can't recall that I made any mistakes. My sermon (aka dharma message) was pretty simplistic. I talked about my recent trip to Singapore and how ethnically diverse that country is. Then I tied that in to how Shin Buddhism also needs to be ethnically diverse if it's going to survive in the West.
So this was two weeks ago, and tomorrow I lead service again on my own. After service, I have to rush downtown for an interview with the Bishop. The interview, as far as I know, is just a formal get-to-know-ya for all the Ministerial Candidates this year. Rev Kevin says that there's really no way to prepare for this interview, which to me means that I won't be quizzed on academic knowledge... but who knows.
In summary, there are some exciting leaps forward in my path to achieving my Tokudo. Wish me luck!