Dancing for Joy

by Rev. Jon Turner.

In mid-July, the Orange County Buddhist Church holds an Obon festival. During the festival, many people come to the BEC Book Sale booth in front of the Hondo and ask us where are the Koi fish, the Bonsai trees, the displays and the demonstrations. I always smile when this happens and I explain to them that they are thinking of the Hanamatsuri festival which is held each year in mid-April to celebrate the Buddha’s birth.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

by Rev. Jon Turner.

Whose Line Is It Anyway? was the title of a TV Show that ran from 1998 to 2007 on ABC. The host was Drew Carey. The show was filmed in front of a live audience. There were four actors who would improvise a scene given a short description and various props. The more random and disjointed the better since this opened up more space for the actors to create.

Swimming Beneath the Waves

by Rev. Jon Turner.

In January 2010, a very large and dangerous rain storm was pounding the southland. There was serious flooding and the Los Angeles River was raging like the ocean with powerful currents and large waves crashing along the cement walls of the aqueduct. Everyone had been warned to stay away; everyone except for a lone German Shepard near the town of Vernon, the nickname that would eventually be given to this poor, lost dog.

Because I Want To

by Rev. Jon Turner.

In Buddhism, it is common to have two levels of ordination. During the Buddha’s time, one would first be ordained as a novice monk and then later as a bhikshu. In our tradition we also have a two level ordination. The first level is called Tokudo and the second Kyoshi. I received Tokudo in October 2010 and Kyoshi in December 2012. This was made possible by the BCA through the Ministers’ Assistants Program (MAP).