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So... I've been thinking about going to a Japanese Buddhist temple that is in town.
It goes under the name "Jodo Shinshu Pure Land Buddhism".
I have no idea what that means.
The service basically starts with the ringing of a bell.
Then a short period of meditation.
Chanting aloud of the Sutras and then reading aloud of the Nembutsu.
They may sing a Gatha.
Then a recitation of the Three Treasures
End the service with the burning of incense - the O-Shoko.
I've been thinking about participating in this - but
1) Don't want to offend anything by not knowing what I'm doing or reciting.
2) Don't know if this is the Buddhism I want to participate in.
3) Don't know if what I think or feel about Buddhism is what they think or feel about Buddhism.
I'm very confused. I think it may be enlightening for me - but I'm not sure and don't want to seem ... what's the word I'm looking for .... disrespectful.
What do you folks think?