I've never been to a service at this temple. I was in the area last week (Little Tokyo, Los Angeles) and peeked in. Did I see pews? I have juzu beads and know how to gassho. Does one approach the altar and "offer" incense like, dare i say ... communion in a church? That is, folks line-up down the aisle and approach the altar organized one at a time to "offer" incense? I think I saw an organ but I'm not sure, so I can possibly expect some singing with chanting?
I like to know what to expect in advance; it helps ease my anxiety.
p.s. I am familiar with Pure Land teachings so there's no need for an explanation or debate (as I see one going on already).
p.p.s. I won't be going this week due to Obon.
Japanese Buddhism in North America after WWII in particular felt the need to integrate into mainstream society, so they adopted church pews and service models based on contemporary Christian ones. They didn't want to alienate themselves even further from the mainstream public by having temples with tatami mats and cushions.
rory wrote:Yes, that's the one, Jodo Shu on 3rd street, they've a facebook site, where you can ask the minister etc..No I'm not the least bit shy, so feel free to ask me any ques you have.
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