Sangha Voices is a collection of profiles and perspectives featuring our temple members. In this installment, Juliet Bost (San Mateo Buddhist Women’s Association Corresponding Secretary and Young Buddhist Editorial member) speaks about their experience growing up participating in temple activities and connection to the Dharma.
My name is Juliet Bost and I use they/them/theirs pronouns. My family moved to San Mateo from New Jersey in 2013 and first attended Palo Alto Buddhist Temple before transitioning to the San Mateo Buddhist Temple in 2015. Going to temple was a “return” to Jodo Shinshu for my family, a tradition from my grandfather’s family that we wanted to uphold.
Thank you everyone for joining us for this morning’s service. I am very grateful to Rev. Adams for inviting me to share my Dharma reflection with you all today.
I chose this wasan to share today because it holds a lot of meaning for me, especially these two first lines: “The light of the Buddha of Unhindered Light / Harbors the lights of purity, joy, and wisdom.” Even if you haven’t read a lot of texts like these, you may notice that “light” is a recurring theme or motif used to describe Buddha-like attributes — indeed one name for Amida Buddha the “Buddha of Unhindered Light,” as noted in this wasan, and a common translation of “Buddha” is the “Enlightened One.”
San Mateo Buddhist Women’s Association Corresponding Secretary Juliet Bost shares her appreciation of the Dharma with a talk entitled “MLK Day: A Jodo Shinshu Reflection.”
Please join me in Gassho.
“Primal Vow: If, when I attain Buddhahood, sentient beings in the lands of the ten directions who sincerely and joyfully entrust themselves to me, desire to be born in my land, and contemplate on my name even as many as ten times, should not be born there, may I not attain perfect enlightenment.”
Good morning everyone, and thank you for attending this morning’s youth-led service. I’d like to thank Jarrett, Josh, Haley, and Kate for taking the time to prepare and for being here this morning. It’s wonderful to see you all, if not virtually, and I hope there are more opportunities like this to allow our youth sangha members to step up and lead.
For those of you I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting: My name is Juliet Bost. I’m a third year at UC Davis majoring in Political Science – Public Service and minoring in Religious Studies.