Getting Real With the Reverend Patti Nakai


Emma Varvaloucas interviewed Taste of Chicago Buddhism blogger and Shin Buddhist priest, Patti Nakai for the most recent issue of Tricyle.

“Reverend Patti Nakai,” Emma writes, is “the associate minister at the Buddhist Temple of Chicago, grew up as a Presbyterian. Born in the Lakeview area of Chicago, to a Buddhist father and a Christian mother, she attended a church with a congregation that, like the neighborhood itself, was heavily Japanese-American. A third-generation Japanese-American herself, Reverend Patti began delving into the Buddhist side of her heritage while at the University of Minnesota, where she earned a degree in international economics and Japanese history and culture.


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