Kick! Punch! It’s all in the mind.
If you wanna test me, I’m sure you’ll find.
The things I’ll teach ya is sure to beat ya.
But nevertheless you’ll get a lesson from teacher now
Kick, Punch, Chop, Block.
(Once more now)
Kick, Punch, Chop, and Block.
Don’t get cocky, it’s gonna get rocky,
We gonna move down to the next ya jockey now
Duck, Jump, Turn, Pose.
Jump, Pose, Duck, and Turn
Hm, yeah I see you’re getting better. Kick to the limit in order to get her now.
(It’s gonna get harder now. )
Duck and Jump.
Turn and pose.
Duck and turn.
Jump and pose.
Come on now, why don’t you follow my words
Because we’re almost done, I’ll make it easy at first.
I wanna see if you wanna see what it means
To be the man with the master plan,
Are you the man now?
…Here we go, now!
Kick, punch, block.
Chop, kick, block.
Block, turn, and kick it.
Block, duck, punch
Duck, duck, turn
Jump, kick, chop
Punch, punch, punch.
That’s it for today.
On May 21st 2017, after a trek by train from my sleepy town in Pennsylvanian to the Bright Dawn Center of Oneness Buddhism in hot and sunny California, I was ordained as a Buddhist minister.
Just about two years ago I had joined a ministry program ran by the Venerable Koyo Kubose. Every Sunday, I and my class ( who soon became my Dharma family), met to discuss that weeks report, reading, and so forth. We studied from the days of Gautama, into the Mahayana of China, and to the Jodo Shin-shu and Zen of Japan, and finally to where we are today, the American Buddhism.
Our organization is named after Rev. Gyomay Kubose, who’s non-sectarian “way of Oneness” opened up a new path to the Dharma for so many in the past, present, and hopeful the future. Rejecting the strict dogma of tradition and mythology, Gyomay Sensei taught Buddhism as an understanding and practice of every day life. And this is exactly what this program instilled in me, the Dharma transformed from something read in books and practiced when remembered into a dynamic understanding of everyday life, moment by moment, day by day. I owe much to so many, so much compassion has been shown and given to me to get to where I am today, and there is still so much more to learn. Thank you to all.
Upon my confirmation ceremony, I was given the name Shinyo 深阳 (Deep sun, or in an alternate translation dense sun! Which I like more to be honest, describes me better!) The first Japanese Character is given by my Sensei, and the second ( yo
阳 ) is given to all in our Dharma linage.
I hope I can share what I learned with you, so please feel free to message me anything that is on your mind. I don’t have all the answers, but perhaps I can get lucky and say something wise or clever. Or if you just need someone to talk to as well, I’d be happy to listen, after all I do hold the title of Sensei (although I use Reverend if i really ever need to give a title) and as my Sensei says “ You know, I like to define Sensei not as a teacher, but as a spiritual friend! As in the end, you are your own teacher.”
Cultural Misrepresentation in the new Powerpuff Girls
I recently watched the first episode of the Powerpuff Girls reboot with my brother, who’s very educated in Asian cultures and practices. He’s enjoyed Powerpuff Girls with me as I grew up with it, not as much as I have, but still maintaining a fair interest. The plot of the new episode “Man Up” reminded us of a season 6 episode, “Makes Zen to Me,” with its Zen references. The first thing my brother noticed was that it was terribly inaccurate to the Zen philosophy and, rather than being Zen, mixed a bunch of different cultures under the name, of them including Hinduism and Hippie-ism. Even so, the references they DID make were stereotypical and obviously didn’t delve into them.
Before we begin, neither my brother or I have ill feelings at all towards any of the practices mentioned in this post. We are in defense of them by displaying how incorrect and offensive they’re portraying them as.