Zen Garden of Kyoto

So off the top, when I do come around to thinking about this project and where it’s going to take me, I spend a lot of time contemplating where to start. I mean, I need a concrete blueprint to how this IRP is going to work out. So the way I figure, this is going to be broken down into a three step process.

1. Do some extensive background research. It’s important to understand some of the fundamental ideas and beliefs surrounding each faith. I need some substance before moving on to part two.

2. What better way to find out about a faith than to have a chat with an expert (priest, pastor, rabbi, etc.)? Fortunately, I currently live in a very multicultural city, so there are plenty of opportunities. I’d tell you where I actually live, but I’ve been recently warned that sharing one’s personal information freely on the cyberspace is apparently dangerous! (what???)

3. After some conversations (and maybe a few congregations), I shall commence a thorough analysis of my findings. I haven’t really figured out what happens after. I expect there will be some sort of process of elimination. I’ll probably have to come up with a criteria list as well.

The goal is to finish the bulk of my precursor research before term one of the school year ends (prior to Christmas). I hope to establish my contacts and book all of the meetings by this point as well. This leaves term two to complete parts two and three. I realise this is a half-year coarse and some aspects might be a tight fit. However, if all goes according to structure, this project is definately doable.

Stay tuned!


One thought on “Beginnings

  1. Great start, Leon. I like your plan. I wonder if a good task for the initial stages of your research might be in creating a table that compares and contrasts different aspects of the religions that you are studying. I’d also love to hear about what you’re reading and where you are getting your preliminary information.

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