Got a phone call today from some sergeant, I did not catch his name.
“Gunny Fountain, your some kind of Zen Mediator right?
Apparently they caught a Marine who was burning incense in his room.
This is against the Barracks’ order.
I was asked if the Marine had some kind of religious right to not follow the rules as he is converting to Buddhism.
Nope. Can't do that…
The first of the three universal precepts is to observe the rules of society.
In the Marine Corps we are maybe a micro society, but it’s still a society.
We have some unique rules in the military, and they are numerous at that, and heck no I don’t know all of them (heck I don’t even have the 16 Bodhisattva precepts I took memorized) and I have likely unknowingly broken a few and knowingly broken a few that I never got called on. However just because you want to claim Buddhism as your new found faith doesn’t give you permission to bend or break one of those rules on account of your new calling. Please come see me for further explanation.
I feel dumber now, for having typed this.
Update: I may meet a sincere person!