Chiezan Receives Full Ordination

Chiezan in his jubon
Chiezan in his jubon at the start of the ordination ceremony

Kyle Tomczyk moved into SokukoJi Buddhist Temple/Monastery in May of 2012.  A year later he received Jukai, or layprecepts from Sokuzan and was given the Dharma name Hoyuji Chiezan.  On Sunday, October 26th Chiezan received full ordination in the Soto Zen lineage of Japan.  He functions as the Ino (the head monk) at SokukoJi Temple/Monastery.

Unyo helps Chiezan with his robes
Unyo helps Chiezan with his robes
Kozan assists Sokuzan in performing the tonsure, or hair cutting which is a sign of devotion or humility
Kozan assists Sokuzan in performing the tonsure, or hair cutting which is a sign of devotion or humility
Sokuzan and Unyo help with the Okesa
Sokuzan and Unyo help with the Okesa
Chiezan hugs his mom after the ceremony
Chiezan hugs his mom after the ceremony

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