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August 22nd, 2010
03:34 PM ET

Opinion: Finding refuge in Buddhism

By Myokei Caine-Barrett, Special to CNN

Editor's note: Buddhist Myokei Caine-Barrett is the first woman of African-Japanese descent, and the only Western woman, to be ordained as a priest in the Nichiren Order. She is the resident priest and guiding teacher for the Myoken-ji Temple, home of the Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of Texas. She talks about her journey to Buddhism in "The Black Pulpit," a weekly series that explores faith in the black community. Next week: A view from the first Muslim Chaplain at Howard University.CNN's "Almighty Debt: A Black in America Special" premieres October 21.

My journey of faith began at age 11 when I began to study the Bible, inspired by Audrey Hepburn in "The Nun's Story" and enamored of Jeffrey Hunter in "King of Kings."

I yearned for the passion and devotion of faith, as expressed Hollywood-style, to deal with my isolation as a child of mixed ethnicity in a black and white world. I did not fit anywhere, and the path of faith seemed to offer the greatest sense of belonging.

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Filed under: Black issues • Buddhism • Christianity • Opinion • Race

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. scion101

    I'm glad that I found Buddhism and I'm even more glad that this woman has found her calling and is using it to help others. I wish that other people, regardless of beliefs would be more active in helping those less fortunate.

    May the rest of her life be full of easy happiness and peace.

    August 24, 2010 at 5:33 am |
  2. Molly

    Buddhism embraces totality in a graceful and enlightened way.

    August 23, 2010 at 9:19 am |
    • Reality

      Are we embraced by the obese Buddha or the skinny one!!!

      August 23, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  3. Eshinesu the wandering monk

    Okay, everybody! Full lotus position NOW!

    August 23, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  4. peace2all

    Buddhism has a lot of wonderful wisdom, and ways of thinking and acting to be a more happier free individual.....

    I know a number of Buddhists... and they seem to be some of the most happy and peaceful people I know.

    Peace......

    August 23, 2010 at 2:39 am |
    • Reality

      Hmmm, maybe they walk around in a reincarnation stupor of being reborn as Bill Gates?

      August 23, 2010 at 7:44 am |
    • peace2all

      @Reality

      Oh my god man.... I think you are drinkin' some other kind of kool aid..:-)

      Peace.....

      August 23, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
    • peace2all

      Buddhism is 'basically' a way of living your life NOW.... not worshipping any gods,etc...

      It is a practical approach to having a better life, and relieving suffering, while promoting peace, harmony and understanding.

      I can't argue with that..... It looks and sounds good to me....

      Peace...

      August 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  5. Mark from Middle River

    Well gotta say your at least consistant with your post. In the end at least one can say that you do have one honorable characteristic. 🙂

    truthfully I was watching this blog to see if you would do another cut and paste job. You did not let us down. The thing is do you think that your cut and paste post actaully get read?

    Ecch either way it is nice to see universal hatred of people of faith instead of cherrypicking them.

    August 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  6. Reality

    1. There was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no bases.
    2. There was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.
    3. There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.
    4. There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completes fails as a religion.
    5. There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.
    6. There are no sacred/revered cows, castes or reincarnations i.e. Hinduism fails as a religion.
    7. Buddhas here, Buddhas there, Buddhas everwhere makes for a no on Buddhism

    August 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
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