As vaccinations for Covid-19 turned extra available final spring, the Monastery was capable of resume providing on-site Jukai, the ethical and moral teachings represented within the Sixteen Precepts of the Buddha Manner, welcoming six new Jukai college students, six new MRO college students, one new postulant monastic, and two totally ordained monastics. Simply earlier than Covid hit in 2020, Jukai was additionally given to 3 college students on the Brooklyn Temple by Hojin Sensei.
This week-long immersion begins early within the week, gathering collectively to start to measure out items of black material which can be wrought into the black rakusu, held along with a wood ring, signifying the Buddha’s gown in miniature.
The group gathers with their trainer in examine through the week, whereas stitching turns into the main focus of the day by day exercise whereas residing with the residential neighborhood. For what is usually a difficult focus observe, the sewers are assisted by one other long-time scholar of the Monastery, Kaishin Jamieson, an knowledgeable seamstress.
This vital step on the bodhisattva path of Zen Buddhist observe, however not each scholar chooses to formally take Buddhist vows. The method is initiated by an MRO coaching scholar after no less than two years of working with their trainer, throughout which era they make clear their motivation and dedication in contemplating the taking of life-time vows as a lay scholar.
Precepts retreats are provided all year long and are open to everybody, serving to to extra deeply discover how these vows take form in a single’s life, whether or not you might have formal Zen coaching or not. They might help make clear and enrich our lives in all areas, notably in working with the challenges of day by day residing.
Jukai college students obtain the a certificates, the lineage charts of ancestors, and the rakusu they’ve sewed which now has calligraphy added by their trainer together with and a brand new Dharma title, pointing to some side of their observe.
In Spring 2021, the sangha welcomed Scrap Kyuko (“Enduring Peace”) Wrenn and Pat Shosen (“Sacred River”) Carnahan.
In October 2021, six extra college students acquired Jukai—Jessica Shokei Ludwig (“sacred jewel”), Joanne Jishin Dearcopp (“compassionate religion”), Jimmie Seikaku Stone (“vow of awakening”), Jack Kanro Hennesey (“barrier of openness”), Diane Ansen Strablow (“peaceable waters / peaceable spring”).
However it all begins with taking over the trail of observe as one’s personal. These coming into as formal coaching college students has been steady through the pandemic (see this story). Since April 2021, new MRO college students have included Maureen Kemeza and Sharon Kelly, in July Jacob McGlaun, in September Ian Proctor and John Baugher and in October Brodie Boland.
On the monastic path, 2021 introduced additional commitments to serve the three treasures. Taking up a postulant monastic gown was Simon Sekku Harrison in August, a scholar of Hojin Sensei. Sekku lives on the Monastery along with his associate, Manwai Ng.
Sekku, whose Dharma title means “Touching Sky-like Nature,” had taken Jukai in January 2020 together with different college students of Hojin Sensei’s: Jean Ann Oji Wertz (“Compassionate, Loving Response”) and David Genwa Nelson (“Eye of Concord”).
And, full monastic ordination Tokudo ceremony was held in June for Jusen Hokyu Aronson (on depart) and Yusen Taikyo Gilman.
NOTE: To learn extra about what it means to turn out to be a proper coaching scholar or monastic within the Mountains and Rivers Order, click on right here.
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