Rohatsu Sesshin 2016

Rohatsu 2016 participants
SokukoJi Buddhist Temple participants in the 2016 Rohatsu Sesshin.

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Jukai Ceremonies

Senshu offers incense during her Jukai ceremony
Senshu offers incense during her Jukai ceremony

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. 

Shoka recites the sixteen precepts during his Jukai ceremony
Shoka recites the sixteen precepts during his Jukai ceremony

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.

Sesshin All-Day Sit and Kozan’s Ordination; Nov. 29 and 30

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!