It’s been a busy, busy month, but I have a couple updates!
First, as you can see above, I finally got certified as a minister’s assistant with the Buddhist Churches of America. This doesn’t mean I am an ordained priest, but it does mean I do get some ecclesiastical responsibilities. I can help with ceremonies, teach classes at the temple,1 and am on step closer to real ordination. :) The first level of ordination, or tokudo (得度) will be at least another 3-5 years though, so I have a long ways to go.
By the way, I am holding my son in this photo. He turned 2 years old that same day! Because the ceremony above took place that on his birthday, we decided to celebrate one day early with family, and one week later with good friends.2 Little Guy is very outgoing and social, and really enjoyed having so many friends and family over. Since he likes sports so much, he got baseballs, soccer balls, footballs, mitts, etc. He also got a nice Japanese train-set from his relatives in Japan. He was a very happy little boy.
My wife and I are also very happy to see him grow up into a sweet, young boy. He is very devoted to his older sister, and she loves and cares for him too. Someday, my wife and I won’t be around anymore, so I am glad to see that they have each other. :)
Anyhow, I am sorry I haven’t written in a while, but I simply didn’t have the time. But there are a lot of fun things to share in the coming weeks, so I hope to post again soon.
Until then, take care!
1 I have been asked to start a new class, Buddhism 101, for our temple parents in late November. I am excited to get started on this.
2 Our friends have a little boy who also turned 2, so it was a double birthday. ;)