I was listening to transgender and the church i am transsexual female; I am not Abrahamic but a tibetan buddhist. Anyways they are talking at one point a female priest and a Sunday school teacher saying this female Sunday school teacher was not a priest but in fact by the female priest seen as a priest. A priest but not a priest.
I am no longer seeking chaplaincy until grad school is free . I won’t put myself in extreme debt. Anyways I rejoined fpmt online program. I am taking discovery of Buddhism so I can take basic Buddhism program. I need to go to Maitripa university to take masters program. The tuition at Maitripa university is awesome only 5000 $ a year for master of divinity though if I was monastic person with 3.5 gpa it’s free. I am a lucky to be 2.0-2.5 student. Though I want my lay vows. I have to stay in the dorms that’s 35,000$ a year. I might as well do Naropa university online program which is a option for the fpmt online or in person masters program. The problem with Naropa masters program is that it’s tuition is 20,000$ plus each semester for first year is week long retreats. I have 2 cats I don’t wanna give up my parents said during retreat they take care of them. Chaplain pay is awesome but I couldn’t afford losing my cats Maitripa is out. Naropa is idea . But I am looking at 10,000$ over salary.
I am reminded of priest not being a priest. With the basic fpmt program I can teach online. Just keep my job. Is their a way to make that 10,000 $ back and still work as a chaplain. It be hospital job.
That being said as a janitor at a undisclosed site meaning government I am helping sciencetist healthy and carefree. So in that sense just being kind and imparting undisclosed my beliefs I am giving myself and others good karma.
I just want to be a chaplain. If I get my bachelors I can do volunteer work as a chaplain but I don’t know how the basic program of fpmt would fly. I can afford part time and disability pay as I live in income based apartments. It be my next car a problem . I live rural from my big city but I could always move to big city income based apartments but I still need a car. Bus you can’t rely on and it’s in a area we’re I can’t catch bus or walk.
I am still taking the discovery of Buddhism and then basic course. But if I stay we’re I am at I couldn’t do masters program. Plus I only have 30 credits that plus my college previous debt is 30,000 plus 20,000 $ is 50,000 $ at the moment it’s in on hold yearly reapply. If I finish school I don’t know if I can defer my student loans. Plus chaplain internship to volunteer I couldn’t do with current job. I could try teaching at uua church. But again it’s a basic program I don’t know how that apply.
In theory my parents would buy me a new car but I couldn’t let my parents do that. In theory if my loans are deferred and I stay at 4 hrs I could afford a car. But that would constraint my budget.
I really think teaching either at uua or online would be my best bet. My car will last ten yrs if I take care of it. It just a hard life wether I go back to school or stay we’re I at. I am taking fpmt course ms not be a teacher but have a practice and be a part of the lineage.
Imparting my self as a undisclosed layperson in Buddhism and influence people with morals and kindness brings people to Buddhism in next life and good karma. I guess that’s what I take from being a priest without being a priest.
If I wanted to do a sabbatical with a government job as a subcontractor in a company that hires disabled would I be paid and could I. I am thinking of the 1 credit internship to be a volunteer chaplain.