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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!

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