Catching up with rites of passage happening during fall ango’s 90 days of practice: Jukai for six students, novice ordination, and the Shuso Hossen for senior student Yosha Scott-Childress.
First, Jukai. In early November Shugen Roshi officiated a ceremony at the Monastery in which six students received the sixteen Buddhist precepts. As part of the ceremony Roshi offers teachings on the moral and ethical teachings of Zen Buddhism, and the particular challenges we face in living with, and through, these vows. Listen to the recording HERE.
Next was the Novice Ordination ceremony for two residential monastics, Suzanne Taikyo Gilman and Hokyu JL Aronson. Known formally as “tokudo samu,” this provisional ordination ceremony marks a time when students begin working with the monastic vows for full ordination at a future date.
Ango’s activity peaked in November at the end of the Shuso Hossen Sesshin. The pouring rain did not dampen the spirits of the Shuso and all participants who energized the morning, starting with a procession from the Monastery to the Abbacy.