Saturday, March 27, 2010

Leading Service

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!

In Gassho,


  1. I have faith in you! Congratulations on your first service. You must have done a great job for Rev Kevin to have the confidence to have you do it again. When Dad met our Bishop, it was inspiring. I'm sure that your visit will inspire you also.

    All My Love,

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  4. Your blog was very enjoyable to read Sir.

    Right now I am a GSE in the Navy, i've been active duty for 6 years and still going strong.
    I've been studying buddhism for alittle while now, I have much to go but i have a super honest question for you... How did you do it?
    What did you get your Bacheoleors in? What was your masters in? and What program or group gave you your Endorsment?

    I've already sat down with my command's Chaplain, I was born and Raised Catholic, but I feel incredibly more connection to Buddhism than Cristianity. It also helps that during my most recent deployment *which i'm still on ugh* I've hit all your major southeast Asian countries and visited every Temple and Shrine I could, trying to Learn what I can.

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    Om Mani Padme Hum