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Myokei Caine-Barrett currently holds the position of Bishop of the Nichiren Shu Buddhist Order of North America. She is the first woman and first American to hold this position. She is also guiding teacher and priest of Myoken-ji Temple in Houston, which is home to the Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of Texas.
Myokei Shonin received priest ordination and dharma transmission from Ryuoh Michael Faulconer Shonin and is a lineage holder in the Nichiren Shu Order. She received final ordination in 2007 at Kuon-ji Temple at Mt. Minobu in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan by Archbishop Nissho Uchino. Myokei Shonin is the first American woman and first person of African American-Japanese descent to have completed this ordination process.
Myokei Shonin currently volunteers with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as clergy to two prison sanghas. She has been engaged in this work for 16 years as a full expression of the Lotus Sutra as the teaching of equality. She also supports weekend trainings for Healing Warrior Hearts, a Texas for Heroes project designed to truly welcome veterans home. This projects is open to all veterans from the Vietnam era forward and also offers couple weekends to heal family dynamics.
Myokei Shonin is also engaged in mindful conflict management and is a graduate of Lee Mun Wah’s Stir-Fry Seminars in Berkeley. She has worked with the Center for Healing Racism in Houston for over 25 years to heal the disease of racism.
She has been published and featured in several publications such as Nichiren Shu News, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, and Buddhadharma. She is included in The Lamp: Stories from Twenty-five Centuries of Awakened Buddhist Women." She has been a panelist and speaker at Harvard Divinity School's 3rd Conference on Buddhism and Race, Sakyadhita USA's first conference "Diversity in the Dharma: Buddhist Women Engage Race & Exclusionary Politics in America", Women in Buddhism at the 2018 Parliament of World Religions, and the 2018 and 2019 ITZI Conferences on Buddhism and Therapy.
Myokei Shonin is also a member of the Faith Leaders Coalition of Houston, the North American Buddhist Alliance, the National Association of Buddhist Advocates, and the Association of Buddhist Clergy.
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