Okay, so like I mentioned a couple of entries ago, I’ve got this “new job” (which is really the same job I’ve had for the past few months but with a new title and benefits). The important thing to tell you right now is that they gave me an office. The even more important thing to tell you right now is about the chanting. And the incense.
My office is inside the recently opened Jodo Shinshu Center. And my actual office is directly underneath what’s called the Kodo. (it’s called a hondo in a formal temple, the actual altar room where services and ceremonies are held. I don’t know what the difference between a kodo and a hondo is. I feel like I should know, and I’m sure someone who reads this will post a comment telling me, hint hint.) The Kodo here is used for all manner of things, but right now, at this exact moment in time, they’re having an actual service up there. Through the ceiling I can hear the low intonations of ministers chanting in Japanese. When I stepped out into the hallway I could smell incense.
I’m remembering where I was year ago. How crappy things were. How dirty the office was at my old job and how no one cared enough to keep it clean. How no one trusted anyone else.
It’s new and clean here. And Buddhists upstairs are chanting. This is great. (It’s new and clean here except for in my actual office, that is. I really need to start putting things away and getting organized. I didn’t expect to actually keep this office so it’s got that temporary feeling to it.)
Not only are there Buddhist upstairs chanting but I got to screw around on the Internet all day. How cool is that?