Jul 10, 2017
I've been spirited off to a Buddhist temple
I think they want to convert me.
I'm having fun though.
So now I have a prayerbook, some beads and a pamphlet that tells me to deny all other religions or I will burn in the afterlife.
That pamphlet also says that it is because not everyone believes in Buddha that ww3 will happen. I thought ww3 would be because of trump.
Just because of a lady's leggings.
It was... an experience.
But really sweet ladies. The girl we met and another much older lady.
Fantastic conversation until they started talking about luck and asking if I've seen a miracle
Those who have seen Buddha get a miracle.
And apparently luck is a non renewable resource.
They were very proud of how clean the facility was. And that everyone helped clean. The toilets are the prized chore.
I had to give my name and address to be able to enter and the temple was more like an office building with fancy gardening out front.
I must say the toilets were clean
Then we got to kneel down for 30 minutes while chanting.
And at the end, I apparently got lectured about needing to believe to protect myself and family. Gotta pray to mount Fuji. I was told earlier that there is a seed planted in Fuji that will blossom when everyone believes.
After all the natural disaster talk (there was a lot because they gave me examples of miracles about every 5 minutes) I'm thinking I don't want mount Fuji to blossom. I mean it is a volcano...
You never know who you will meet when out and about, and I certainly learned a bunch. I'm mostly amused about how easily they would go to pray and then after that 30 minute session of deep breathing required for chanting instantly dropped the feel of awe for some crowed snacks in the cafeteria.
American step mom with beautiful Brazilian babies. Raising them in Japan. I'm a crafter too