Bodhisattva Initiation Ceremony (Zaike Tokudo)

September 26th, 2020 from 5-6pm

All are invited to join us in the Bodhisattva Initiation of 4 sangha members – Chris Azbil, Ernest Caple, Sondra Creighton, and Louis “Shu” Shuey – who will be receiving lay ordination from Rev. Doshin Mako Voelkel in the auspicious ceremony of Zaike Tokudo (often called Jukai).

This ceremony marks the occasion in which the Zen initiate openly receives and acknowledges the sixteen Bodhisattava precepts as an ongoing path of practice in their lives, receives Buddha’s robe (the rakusu they have sewn), as well as new (Dharma) name. It will take place in-person outdoors in the side yard of AZC (limited seating) and over zoom. Please register well in advance if you plan to attend in-person so your seat may be prepared.

The initiates will have an opportunity to sit zazen together prior to the ceremony – outdoors, in a socially distanced manner. If you are interested in joining their sitting in support of their taking vows, please contact Rev. Mako to find out more information.

Read more about the devotional practice of sewing Buddha’s robe, from Jean Selkirk of the Berkeley Zen Center.