Ordination in Nichiren Schools

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Ordination in Nichiren Schools

Postby DGA » Sat Apr 07, 2012 7:55 pm

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
I don't know anything about Hongaku Jodo.

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Re: Ordination in Nichiren Schools

Postby Mr. G » Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:29 pm

A short Bio of Myokei Caine Barrett:

http://nichiren-shu.org/Houston/pages/minister.htm
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    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
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Re: Ordination in Nichiren Schools

Postby rory » Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:38 am

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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The Tai-ching states "the women in the realms of Mara, Sakra and Brahma all neither abandoned ( their old) bodies nor received (new) bodies. They all received buddhahood with their current bodies (genshin)" Thus these verses state that the dharma nature is like a great ocean. No right or wrong is preached (within it) Ordinary people and sages are equal, without superiority or inferiority
Paul, Groner "The Lotus Sutra in Japanese Culture"eds. Tanabe p. 58

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Re: Ordination in Nichiren Schools

Postby noisemonkey » Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:54 am

Yeah you can in Nichiren Shoshu to, I think there's an American priest training at the moment.

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Re: Ordination in Nichiren Schools

Postby rory » Sun Apr 08, 2012 3:14 am

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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Chih-I:
The Tai-ching states "the women in the realms of Mara, Sakra and Brahma all neither abandoned ( their old) bodies nor received (new) bodies. They all received buddhahood with their current bodies (genshin)" Thus these verses state that the dharma nature is like a great ocean. No right or wrong is preached (within it) Ordinary people and sages are equal, without superiority or inferiority
Paul, Groner "The Lotus Sutra in Japanese Culture"eds. Tanabe p. 58

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Re: Ordination in Nichiren Schools

Postby noisemonkey » Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:09 am

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.
gassho
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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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Re: Ordination in Nichiren Schools

Postby DGA » Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:41 pm

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.
I don't know anything about Hongaku Jodo.

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Re: Ordination in Nichiren Schools

Postby mingxin » Thu May 24, 2012 4:17 am

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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Re: Ordination in Nichiren Schools

Postby rory » Thu May 24, 2012 7:18 am

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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Chih-I:
The Tai-ching states "the women in the realms of Mara, Sakra and Brahma all neither abandoned ( their old) bodies nor received (new) bodies. They all received buddhahood with their current bodies (genshin)" Thus these verses state that the dharma nature is like a great ocean. No right or wrong is preached (within it) Ordinary people and sages are equal, without superiority or inferiority
Paul, Groner "The Lotus Sutra in Japanese Culture"eds. Tanabe p. 58

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Re: Ordination in Nichiren Schools

Postby rory » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:51 am

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
gassho
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Chih-I:
The Tai-ching states "the women in the realms of Mara, Sakra and Brahma all neither abandoned ( their old) bodies nor received (new) bodies. They all received buddhahood with their current bodies (genshin)" Thus these verses state that the dharma nature is like a great ocean. No right or wrong is preached (within it) Ordinary people and sages are equal, without superiority or inferiority
Paul, Groner "The Lotus Sutra in Japanese Culture"eds. Tanabe p. 58


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