Matcha reports on Soshuku Shibatani, the transgender head nun of the Shozenji Temple in Moriguchi City, Osaka. It is Japan’s first temple built as a refuge for the LGBTQ community.
Soshuku Shibatani, a 65-year-old openly transgender Buddhist nun, was assigned male at birth:
She began to identify as a female in elementary school but never dared to express her gender identity at the time. As a university student, she met people similar to her and briefly lived at ease among like-minded peers. However, upon entering the workforce, she had to hide her true self once more…
According to Ms. Shibatani, “Buddha saw beyond the differences of gender.”
There is no need to hide your true self. Ms. Shibatani gradually became interested in Buddhist teachings and enrolled in community courses at the Graduate School of Koyasan University. She later resigned from her company, joined the priesthood, and went on to study Esoteric Buddhism.
Ms. Shibatani stated, “Shozenji is not exclusively for the LGBTQ community, but rather a temple for everyone.”
“The Kannon Bodhisattva has no gender identity,” Soshuku Shibatani says. A statue of Kannon, the Buddhist deity of mercy, is enshrined in the temple. Others see Kannon or Guan Yin as a female incarnation of the Buddha.
though I still love Chronicles of Narnia the older I get and the more I learn the clearer it becomes to me why it would have driven Tolkien completely insane
The Santa part almost ruined their friendship
Tolkien: you can’t just patch random things together because you like them, everything has to fit together in a dense textural weave of reasonable causes and effects
Lewis: and then the witch from the other dimension turns the fox to stone for having a contraband tea party …
Tolkein is the nerd that complains that characters’ costumes and weapons are impractical and Lewis is the nerd that thinks the designs fuck
Shield of King Tutankhamun Slaying His Enemies
Among the military equipment found in the tomb of Tutankhamun were eight shields, four of which are ceremonial and are of openwork wood, incised and gilded. On this shield, a winged sun disk curves around the top, protecting the king who is shown with a scimitar in one hand and holding two lions by their tails in his other hand. The lions symbolize the enemies of Egypt.
Behind the king, the vulture goddess Nekhbet, spreads out her wings for the king’s protection. Below, a band of decoration suggests the mountains of the desert. From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 61576
you are allowed to be proud of the victories that no one else can see. like showering without completely hating your body, not breaking into tears at the thought of the future, talking yourself out of a dark mindset, calming yourself down in public, or like waking up every single day and choosing life. be proud of the progress no matter if it is visible for others or not. you’re doing great, keep up the good work!
Shortstaffing should be illegall
“But what if I can’t afford to hire more employees?”
If you have more customers than your employees can handle and you’re still not making enough, then you need to sort out your finances. Raise prices if necessary.
Your overhead isn’t worth more than your workers’ health.
“And if that’s not enough, then just buy more money!”
Listen. If you cannot afford to pay all your employees a living wage and employ a number of people equal to the workload, then you are bad at business management and should consider exploring other career paths. Such as being a cashier.
y’all might be thinking that small businesses would get the short end here. but the thing is, all the small businesses i’ve ever worked for or been involved with, when they didn’t have enough employees to cover the time, the owner worked it themselves, or they closed early/opened late.
the places that consistently shortstaff are big franchises, especially fast food chains. they prey on desperate workers who can’t afford to say no, and use them up like they’re disposable. it’s disgusting and it should be as illegal as hiring 9 year olds or holding paychecks hostage.
Sadly some non profit organizations that are mainly running on donations will do this as well when they are consistently understaffed. I worked for one since I was 19. They were very manipulative in the way that they tried to make me feel like I was such a valuable employee by sacrificing my physical and mental health. They made me feel like family so I would do whatever they wanted. After almost all the employees were lost, I was running every department by myself and was handling sick animals and emotional customers every day, carrying heavy loads alone (I now have worse back pain ) and watching every employee that came by get scared away by my aggressive executive director and bullied by my veterinary technician. The ones that would stay, such as me and my supervisor, were being kept at lower wages than our new, less experienced hires. Places like this like to make you feel like a hero for working unlivable wages and that you should just be grateful to work a job as a teacher or animal care worker etc and you should just dedicate your entire life and schedule to it….. I felt the need to seek other employeement secrectly because I was so afraid of them. I became under psychological distress often at work and once I realized I was dissociating again I had to quit. I already have c-ptsd so this has just made everything so difficult for me. I wish I could sue these mfs.