|Teachers and Initiates
|Madhu and me
Above are some happy pictures of us all. The ceremony was hybrid -- people attended in person at the Temple and also on zoom, including one of our initiates from the UK. Here is the list of the people who received jukai, along with their dharma names in Romanized Japanese, Kanji, English:
Brad Roth (Kyо̄gyо̄): 協行 Flowing Action
Deb Haas (Shо̄kyo): 正居 Authentic Presence
David Linshaw (Myо̄chi): 明知 Bright Knowledge
Bix Spanierman (Shindо̄): 深道 Profound Path
Madhusmita Dhakal (Yūen): 勇炎 Courageous Flame
Susann Herrmann (Tokushin): 篤心 Devoted Heart
Taking the precepts is a step on the path of Zen that is determined by an individual student in consultation with their teacher. Having a moral and ethical sense of what it means to be a human being is an important balance for the practice, which usually involves "taking the backward step" as Dōgen calls it. Jukai is taking the forward step, into the world which needs our attention and healing energy.
Congratulations to everyone who took jukai!