Along the Way – January 28, 2017 

Under the ceramic fig tree sculpture in the lobby of CMC-Mercy, Charlotte, NC

Technically I am less than seven hours from Syracuse, my final destination. If I did not need gas for the car, bathroom breaks for the dog and I, or food or to unfold then sure no problem. 
What most likely will happen is I’ll get close to Syracuse by tomorrow evening sunset or when too exhausted to drive. Then I’ll stream the service on Sunday morning and finish up the final leg that afternoon. 

I will probably have a mailing address by Monday and hopefully a temporary place to stay. I need to unpack some, and try to get better organized. 

When I packed most of the stuff it was in the midst of having packers and movers everywhere doing their magic and interrupting me with questions, necessary and also frequently redundant. Many things were simply put in something, anything, and loaded in the car, or rather stuffed in the car. It’s all there and I can’t find anything. My most immediate need is to find the power cord for the laptop. 

I’m writing this entry on my phone because I don’t want to use up battery on the laptop, and hope there is enough for Sunday Service. 

The photo for this post is from the last prayer walk at CMC Mercy Hospital. Usually we did this on the last Monday of every month. We did it out of sync so I could do it one last time as part of my going away process. 

In the photo are Terri, my pal and my on site supervisor (my direct official supervisor worked a different location – it’s complicated), and Eric my co-world-problem-solver. Both of these two fine individuals make up the full time spiritual care team. 

Not in the photo is Elizabeth who was at home baking one last chocolate treat to give me on my last day (she baked two treats over two weeks to give me). I’ll miss them all. 

With that I’ll close for now. I’ll share more about my farewells as I write about my theme of Deep Conversations in another post. 

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About Ryusho 龍昇

Nichiren Shu Buddhist priest. My home temple is Myosho-ji, Wonderful Voice Temple, in Charlotte, NC. You may visit the temple’s web page by going to I am also training at Carolinas Medical Center as a Chaplain intern. It is my hope that I eventually become a Board Certified Chaplain. Currently I am also taking healing touch classes leading to become a certified Healing Touch Practitioner. I do volunteer work with the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (you may learn more about them by following the link) caring for individuals who are HIV+ or who have AIDS/SIDA.