2015 marks our 12th wedding anniversary. We have 2 anniversary dates, May 18 and December 7. Although 12 years is not a long time, the duration is long enough for us to have traveled on a spiritual journey together.
Since David and I met in 2000, we have been through 3 spiritual phases together. We were atheists when we first met and fell in love in Thailand. We then discovered Buddhism as we became enchanted with Thai people and learned about their way of life. We had a wonderful teacher who was a cultural anthropologist, Ted Mayer, who opened our eyes to the world beyond our cultural and family backgrounds. Buddhism holds a universal wisdom, the ultimate peace and a very special place in our heart.
Because Buddhism teaches non-attachment, it could no longer satisfy our spiritual thirst when we have children. We became so attached to our children that non-attachment could no longer apply to our life. Despite not always aware of it, we were both searching for a spiritual compass for our growing family.
When James was born, we were both called to become part of a Christian community of faith. We need to contribute to and feel supported by a community that shares our spiritual quest for faith and an all-encompassing peace through prayer and meaningful actions to uplift others.
When we moved to Lexington, Kentucky, we were on a mission to find a home church. No one can tell the future, but up till this point, Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Lexington has helped fill the spiritual void we had felt after Buddhism. We needed a place where we can ask as many questions as we would like, where we can contemplate the Holy Mystery, where we see good examples in living in the people around us, and where we can practice Christianity while being mindful of the diversity of faith around the world. Christ Church Cathedral is such a place!
Buddhism remains a pillar in our spiritual foundation and an important guideline in our quest for the truth, but we have really enjoyed growing in the Christian faith at Christ Church Cathedral – the current phase of our spiritual journey together.