Geordon Posted April 8, 2018 Report Share Posted April 8, 2018 Greetings and salutations. I am Brother Geordon Shoshin VanTassle, and I have been ordained since Sept 1, 1993. At that time, My wife and I were practicing Wiccans and I felt a duty to take ordination in the event that anyone in our community needed something "legal" that needed the backing of an established church. Nobody needed my help by the time that I moved away. Years passed. A divorce happened, jobs changed, I remarried. My second wife and I have been married since 1999, we had a child together and we raised our child and her two children from her first marriage into wonderful people. We made friends in the local SCA group and they all knew that I was ordained, but nobody, including me, made much of it, since it wasn't a large part of my persona. ...Or so I thought. Looking back on the years, I came to realize that people generally sought me out for comfort and support of a spiritual sort. I helped them examine their feelings and options, and helped them decide on what to do next. Really, most people just want a compassionate ear when times are rough. I felt a great deal of satisfaction in being able to provide that. About 12 years ago, I started studying various sects of Buddhism, including Hīnayāna, Vipassanā, Theravāda, and both contemporary schools of Zen: Sotō and Rinzai. I settled on Zen, since the concepts that it teaches (that there is no self. The self (and every other thing) is dependent on relations to other things to form an identity. Roughly. In short, we are all part of the same whole. Think of the line from the Bible where Jesus say something about "what you do to the least, you do to Me" or something like that. I continued to pursue Pagan practices as well, and joined the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids by taking the first (Bardic) of their home study courses. I'm still working on that one, even 10, 15 years later (I can't rightly remember, but it's at LEAST 10 years) and plan to move to the second step (Ovate) in the near future. I became a Devotee of Hekate, in the Covenant of Hekate in mid-2017 and I also took jukai (Buddhist lay precepts) under Meido Roshi from Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery on December 3 of 2017. This just happened to be the same day that the monastery was celebrating Bodhi Day, the day of Buddha's Enlightenment. This latter was a very moving experience for me, and I have a blog post about it here: Hello, my name is Shoshin 正心. At that time, I was given the kaimyō (precept name, dharma name) of Shoshin, which roughly means "correct mind." In further consultation with Roshi, after I was trying to figure out the kanji for my name, he said that "Your "sho" means "correct/true/straight", as in the straightforward mind of awakening." This is a lot to live up to! Fortunately, he told us that the names can be seen as something to strive for. Anyway, I'm back to the forum here. I'm not sure what brought me back, but let's go with it! Quote Link to comment
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