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V.S., a teen in Singapore

“I got the shock of my life when I found out that the senior pastor got infected with the coronavirus. Before I knew it, our church had become the largest cluster in the whole of Singapore. Having visited the church twice that week, I myself was worried that I could have been infected by the novel coronavirus.”

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R.J., 74, a retired school district HR specialist in Thomaston, CT

“…There is a divorce in the works here. Mom has moved out and all the tentative, shaky routines we worked out starting in March are up in the air again. […]. Before the lockdown, I had come to realize that I serve as an anchoring support in this family […]. That’s still true, but it’s harder now for me to keep my own emotions balanced and healthy…”

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D.G., 60, a business owner in Olympia, WA

“I read recently that during this Pandemic we have all been in the same storm but not necessarily in the same boat. For this reason I quickly realized that I needed to give space to each person in whatever place they found themselves in. The Bible says, ‘My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.’…”

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D.M., 70, a retired physical therapist in Lakewood, CA

“I have been a Shin Buddhist all my life. […]We relied on each other for help and assistance. When times were hard, everyone shared what we had, everyone helped each other in the fields or to work on a project, be it church, community or neighborhood in need. If you had nothing to give, you offered your kind words, support or offer to help. […] In this time of Pandemic, I have seen many of the things I grew up with and recognize so much of the Shin Buddhist lessons I have heard and seen thru the years…”

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