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SokukoJi Buddhist Community is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.
Ashley Mannion-Woodward and Justin Ardnt received the sixteen precepts from Sokuzan during their Jukai ceremonies on January 11, 2015. It is a symbol of deeper commitment to the path- Sokuzan calls it “glue”.
Prior to the ceremony, the student hand stitches a Rakusu, with the guidance of Sewing Teachers Unyo and Seiko Sensei. The Rakusu resembles a bib, andrepresents the Buddha’s Robe. With each stitch, the student recites thethreerefuges: “I take refuge in the Buddha, I take refuge in the Dharma, I takerefuge in the Sangha.” Upon receiving Jukai, the student was given back their Rakusu, now with their Dharma/Bodhisattva names handwritten by Sokuzan on the white silk facing.
Ashley was given the Dharma name, Senshu, meaning Hidden Treasure,Secret Pearl. Justin received the Dharma name, Shoka, meaning Bright Water, Crystal River. They also received a Ketchimyaku, handwritten by Sokuzan, which lists the bloodline of all ancestors back to the Buddha. Senshu and Shoka function as Practice Residents at SokukoJi Buddhist Temple/Monastery.
See the photo album on our Facebook page for more pictures.
Please join us on Saturday for our last Saturday of the month all-day meditation and Dharma talks, private interviews with Sokuzan will be available. 9:00am – 9:00pm, $35 suggested donation; $6 for meal or dine at local restaurant.
Sunday morning service, followed by a Dharma talk by Sokuzan; 10:00am – 11:30am.
Kozan will be ordained on Sunday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm. A short reception will follow. All are welcome!
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.