Jukai

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Jukai Study 2019-2020 (Lay Ordination)

The next Jukai Ceremony will take place on October 3, 2020                     

Jukai information booklet 2019

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 2019, winter/spring of 2020, September of 2020 and November of 2020.
  2. Participate in a minimum of three days of sesshin.
  3. Participate in practice period in fall of 2019, winter/spring of 2020 and fall of 2020.
  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 last Wednesday of each month, 7 pm
  2. Attend Sunday dharma talks.
  3. Participate in volunteer activities, such as temple cleaning on the 1st Sunday of the month, 10:30 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 today:
Sosan, Ken, Kyoku, Flying Fish or Gentle Dragon

⇒ Important Dates: Please mark your calendars now!

Class: Zen Treasures: Realizing the Deep Wishes of a Spiritual Life – required • Every other Wednesday, 7 – 9 pm. Five classes beginning September 18, 2019

Class: Ten Grave Precepts – required Every other Wednesday, 7 – 9 pm. Ten classes beginning January 8, 2020.

Sewing Classes – required
Winter/spring and/or summer, 2020 – dates and time to be determined.

Class: Jukai Reflection and Preparation – required  Wednesdays, 7 – 9 pm. September 9, 16 & 23.

Jukai Ceremony – required • October 3, 2020. • Please reserve the whole day, 9 am – 9 pm.

Class: Living with the Precepts (Post-jukai class) – required • Wednesdays, 7 – 9 pm, November 4, 11 & 18