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Taking the Bodhisattva Vows | Mountain Record


As vaccinations for Covid-19 grew to become extra available final spring, the Monastery was in a position to resume providing on-site Jukai, the ethical and moral teachings represented in the Sixteen Precepts of the Buddha Way, welcoming six new Jukai college students, six new MRO college students, one new postulant monastic, and two absolutely ordained monastics. Just earlier than Covid hit in 2020, Jukai was additionally given to 3 college students at the Brooklyn Temple by Hojin Sensei.

This week-long immersion begins early in the week, gathering collectively to start to measure out items of black fabric which can be wrought into the black rakusu, held along with a wood ring, signifying the Buddha’s gown in miniature.

Jessica, Jack, Diane and Jimmie stitching rakusus

The group gathers with their instructor in research throughout the week, whereas stitching turns into the focus of the day by day exercise whereas dwelling with the residential neighborhood. For what generally is a difficult focus apply, the sewers are assisted by one other long-time pupil of the Monastery, Kaishin Jamieson, an skilled seamstress.

This vital step on the bodhisattva path of Zen Buddhist apply, however not each pupil chooses to formally take Buddhist vows. The course of is initiated by an MRO coaching pupil after not less than two years of working with their instructor, throughout which period they make clear their motivation and dedication in contemplating the taking of life-time vows as a lay pupil.

Precepts retreats are supplied all through the yr 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’ve got formal Zen coaching or not. They might help make clear and enrich our lives in all areas, significantly in working with the challenges of day by day dwelling.  

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 instructor together with and a brand new Dharma title, pointing to some facet of their apply.

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 faith”), Jimmie Seikaku Stone (“vow of awakening”), Jack Kanro Hennesey (“barrier of openness”), Diane Ansen Strablow (“peaceful waters / peaceful spring”).

But all of it begins with taking on the path of apply as one’s personal. Those getting into as formal coaching college students has been steady throughout 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 on a postulant monastic gown was Simon Sekku Harrison in August, a pupil of Hojin Sensei. Sekku lives at the Monastery together 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 Harmony”).

And, full monastic ordination Tokudo ceremony was held in June for Jusen Hokyu Aronson (on go away) and Yusen Taikyo Gilman.    

NOTE: To learn extra about what it means to change into a proper coaching pupil or monastic in the Mountains and Rivers Order, click on right here.

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