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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 7:55 pm 
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I've been asked a question that I have no proper answer for. So I present it to the board:

Are there presently opportunities for non-Japanese to ordain as clergy in any of the Nichiren schools*? Particularly for women? If so, where are they?

*among those that ordain clergy

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:29 pm 
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A short Bio of Myokei Caine Barrett:

http://nichiren-shu.org/Houston/pages/minister.htm

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:38 am 
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Hi Jikan;
Sure, I know Myokei, she ordained, also in Kempon we're getting our first non-Asian American priest Shinkei/Jerry he's going to Japan this summer for his ordination. Rev. Tsuchiya, whose in charge of foreign missions, in Japan is very open to non-Asian disciples no problem. I've a very warm relationship with him; and as you know I'm female, the kinda feminist fiery kind as well! lol...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:54 am 
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Yeah you can in Nichiren Shoshu to, I think there's an American priest training at the moment.


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Isn't the rule in Nichiren Shoshu that only a group of women can be ordained? That's what my friend Sue told me about 5 years ago, though things may have changed.
Just a correction Myokei is half-Asian.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:09 am 
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rory wrote:
Isn't the rule in Nichiren Shoshu that only a group of women can be ordained? That's what my friend Sue told me about 5 years ago, though things may have changed.
Just a correction Myokei is half-Asian.
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at the moment the role of female priests has been taken over by priests wives. I hadn't heard about that rule. Previously there have been female priest's including Nikken Shonin's mother.


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Thanks for the responses, everyone. I was aware of Faulconer & Barrett in Nichiren-shu, but I did not know if any others had come after... or what the possibilities are in other schools.

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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 4:17 am 
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There is also Rev. Shinkyo Warner here in Tampa, FL. He was working (well still is working with) a Sangha in KY. So I believe there are quite a few now. And of course Rev. Tarabini in Italy, and I know there is a Shami from Brazil training in Japan right now :).


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Hi Mingxin;
there's an Nshu American shami in London that Gino ordained, and one in my state NC in Charlotte. An English-speaking HBS priest also just came to LA so maybe they will ordain Americans too. The landscape is looking really great.
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Just wanted to update, Kempon Hokke's first Western priest, Rev.Shinkei Marcheso is ordained. We're so happy. He's in California and on facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004012921887
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