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 (copyleft by me)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?

6 thoughts on “chanting

  1. yo – this sounds great and of course you deserve it. a complete 360 from a year ago and i assume i know the office and place the link into the past directed your readers to…..i also assume it wasnt me that said to suck it up??? if so, why are you my friend? that’s a f$@#ked up thing to say to someone unless of course their whinning about having too much money or time or something crazy like that but of ocurse i digress…

    anyway yeah u have “a goddamn beautiful life, a spectacular apartment, a wonderful relationship” but sometimes you have to just bitch and get it out. and you did get over it hell you got out of it and look at wher eyou are now!!!!!!

    u’d be my hero if i could have a straight white guy as a hero – lol – just kidding, well kinda. (wink)

  2. Your job sounds just lovely. Some time in the next few months I’m going to pick your brain about the Institute for Buddhist Studies and GTU in general, but for now, just congratulations!

  3. I don’t think it was you who told be to “get over it.” I’m pretty sure it was… well, in off chance she’d read this, I’ll leaver her name out of it!

    If changing my gender, my race, and my orientation is all it take to be your hero, I’m there!!

  4. Hey Hala,

    The IBS site is up and running (it was down for a couple of days over the weekend) so check it out. I’d love to have my brain picked about what we’re up to.

  5. A Buddhist office? Isn’t Buddhism about not having any desires? Kind of a contradiction?

  6. I’m going to comment on a comment.

    First, I don’t know who FooBar is (and frankly I think s/he should reveal her/his identity), but I think it’s important to say that the idea that Buddhism “is about” not having any desires is a problematic stereotype.

    But, more importantly, if I didn’t have an office, where I would I get my work done? If Buddhists didn’t have buildings, where would they practice Buddhism?

    It’s a pragmatic choice we make. Without buildings we’d be homeless. And homeless people are not usually considered to be reliable sources of information.

    The desire to help end suffering is the last desire you let go of in Buddhism. In order to help people end suffering, you gotta have a roof over your head. Once they’re not suffering, then they realize they don’t need a roof over their head.

    We’re a pragmatic lot, you see.

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