Lay Ordination

Jukai (Lay Ordination) 2017 Jukai InfoRakusu stylized

The next Jukai Ceremony will take place October 7, 2017

Jukai means “to receive the precepts.” It is an initiation into the Zen Buddhist community. In Jukai, you receive the rakusu, which represents the robe of the Buddha, the kechyimyaku (Lineage papers), connecting you to the lineage of people who practiced in the past, and a dharma name, representing qualities of your practice.

Jukai is also called “taking refuge.” In Jukai, you take refuge in the sixteen precepts, composed of the three refuges, the three pure precepts and the ten grave precepts.

The jukai ceremony is a public confirmation of one’s life as the life of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.  We empower and are empowered by the teacher and the lineage. Witnessed by the Sangha (community), we enter the family of the Buddha.

Receiving Jukai is a commitment to your own practice, to the sangha and to your vows. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you are committing to one root teacher at this time. If you go on to ordain as a priest, you get new lineage papers.

Jukai (Lay Ordination) is open to people who:
Practice regularly with the Sangha.
Form a relationship with one of the teachers by attending class, sesshin, or retreats and speaking privately to one of them regarding your motivations.
Have taken the Intro to Zazen series (self, community, awakening and path) or equivalent.
Are willing to make an ongoing commitment to the sangha through various volunteer service positions that are appropriate to one’s life circumstances.

In preparation for Jukai you will be required to:

  1. Attend jukai study classes in fall of 2016, winter/spring of 2017 and November, 2017. See next page for the titles and dates of these classes.
  2. Participate in a minimum of three days of sesshin. This may include introduction to sesshin, mindfulness day, approved zen workshops or regular sesshin.
  3. Participate in practice period in fall of 2016, winter/spring of 2017 and fall of 2017.
  4. Attend sewing classes in order to make a Rakusu, the small robe of the Buddha.

Optional Helpful Activities:

  1. Attend the precepts recitation ceremony on the first Wednesday of each month, 6 pm
  2. Attend Sunday dharma talks.
  3. Participate in volunteer activities, such as temple cleaning on the 2nd Saturday of the month, 10 am – Noon.
  4. Participate in zazen at Clouds in early morning, Noon, or Wednesday evenings.

If you are interested, please talk to one of the dharma transmitted teachers (Sosan, Ken, Kyoku, Fish or Byakuren) as soon as possible.
First class begins October 19, 2016.

⇒ Important Dates: Please mark your calendars now! 2017 Jukai Info

Class: Zen Treasures: Realizing the Deep Wishes of a Spiritual Life – required • Wednesdays, 7 – 9 pm, October 19, 26 & November 2, 9 & 16, 2016
Class: Ten Grave Precepts – required Every other Wednesday, 7 – 9 pm. beginning January 11, 2017

Sewing Classes – required to attend class #1 or class #2
Classes meet twice weekly: 12 Sundays, 10:45 am – 12:45 pm and 12 Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm + one all-day Saturday session, to be determined.

Class #1: February, March and April, 2017
Class #2: June, July and August, 2017

Limit of 10 students per class.
Since more people may have time in the summer, we encourage those who can to sign up for class #1. Class #1 also gives you more time to work on your rakusu, if you run into problems.

Jukai Ceremony – required • October 7, 2017 • Please reserve the whole day, 9 am – 9 pm.

Precept Recitation Ceremony • November 1, 2017, 6 – 6:30 pm (Note: optional meditation begins at 5:30)

Living with the Precepts (Post-jukai class) – required • Wednesdays, 7 – 9 pm, November 1, 8, & 15