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Sharing the Light

Sitting & Ritual, Sangha & Inclusion, Study & ArtsGuiding TeacherComment

For me, nothing can compare with the joy of seeing someone commit to a life of Dharma, a life of exploring how wisdom and compassion can come into the world through oneself. It's a happy, moving occasion and one that is a milestone for the practitioner.

L to R: Dana Elliott, Konin Cardenas, Norma Fogelberg

L to R: Dana Elliott, Konin Cardenas, Norma Fogelberg

 

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of offering the Buddha's robe and the bodhisattva precepts to my student Dana Elliott, whose long years of dedication to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha have now led her to jukai, the lay bodhisattva initiation ceremony. I am very glad to be Dana's preceptor. Having spent the past year studying the precepts and sewing the rakusu together, we'll now take another year to explore what it means to put the precepts into practice. May all beings benefit!

 

Stepping Onto the Bodhisattva Path

Sitting & Ritual, Sangha & InclusionGuiding TeacherComment
Deborah Silver jukai.jpg

Yesterday was the culmination of months of study and sewing, practice discussion and personal exploration by Deborah Silver. She received her new Dharma name and Buddha's robe in a ceremony called "jukai." It's a joyful event for her, and for me, and the entire sangha.

Deborah's new name is 切 炎 眼 珠 Setsuen Genju, which means Sharp Flame Jewel Eyes.

Of the ceremony someone once said, "It feels very big. Things are the same, and not the same." Indeed.

Congratulations Deborah!

Walking the Path of the Bodhisattva

Sangha & Inclusion, Sitting & Ritual, Study & ArtsGuiding TeacherComment

Today was a very joyful day for Ekan Zen Study Center sangha! Paula Borsody, a sangha member and Board member of Empty Hand ZC, took the 16 bodhisattva vows today. By doing so, she sets off on the bodhisattva path, receiving Buddha's robe, a new name, and publicly affirming her commitment to the refuges and the precepts of the Soto Zen school of Buddhism. Paula's new name is 琢 園 明声 Takuen Meisho, which means Refined Garden Clear Voice.

It was a particularly tender moment when she was moved to tears by the chant, "Oh Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas, please concentrate your hearts on me..." As the Guiding Teacher conferring the precepts, I have to say that this is one of the best parts of my role, supporting students to commit to a lifelong path of bodhisattva practice. May her joy and sincerity of practice continue endlessly. Congratulations Paula!