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    UPDATE Regarding SHOKAI (Richard)

    UPDATE: Dear All,

    Due to some family issues, Shokai has told me that he will need to withdraw from the upcoming Ordination ceremony and take some time to deal with the same.

    I wrote him to say that I am sad ... yet I understand fully.

    Gassho, Jundo



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    Dear All,

    Taigu and I have been wanting for some time to recognize certain long time and beloved members of this community in a special way. There are some special folks around this place ... loving, caring, wise, sincere ... who seem to naturally embody many of the qualities of a Zen Priest and are so important to our Treeleaf Community.

    Simply as a symbol and token of our respect and caring for them, we thought to invite such individuals to undertake an Honorary "Shukke Tokudo" Homeleaving Ordination, to be recognized as a Novice Zen Priest. Although called "honorary", this Homeleaving Ordination would be side-by-side and just the same as that undertaken by our other Novice Priests (Mongen, Shohei, Fugen, Dosho, Myozan and, soon, Kyonin and Yugen), and the individual would be invited (although not all may wish to go so far) to participate together with the other Novice Priests in Training for the role of Priest. The person so undertaking Ordination would be a Novice Priest here at Treeleaf, no different from the others. They would be expected to uphold the same ethical standards and role of Serving Others as any Zen Priest but, knowing these people, we have few concerns there.

    This is actually an old Tradition in Japan and China (and other Buddhist countries) where Teachers ... even the Buddha ... from time to time would offer Ordination to a person simply out of respect although the person might not now be able or wishing thereafter to undertake the full calling of priest.

    The person we have invited this time is our dear SHOKAI ... RICHARD! He has accepted. A funeral director of many years experience, he has already devoted much of his life to helping people in times of crisis where most of us would be afraid to tread. A member of this community for several years, even today he can be found offering caring and touching words to all of us ...

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...ay-take-refuge



    I hope you will join us all in congratulating him. We anticipate that he will join in the upcoming Shukke Tokudo Homeleaving Ceremony for Yugen and Kyonin, now planned for the last week in May. You can read more about that, and about what "Shukke Tokudo" Homeleaving means here at Treeleaf, in this Thread:

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...ng-ORDINATIONS

    YIPPEE!

    Gassho, Jundo

    Last edited by Jundo; 05-27-2013 at 08:27 AM.
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    Congratulations Shokai!

    When Jundo first mentioned the idea of honorary Shukke Tokudo, I immediately thought of you. I will be very grateful to continue to benefit from your wisdom and experience.

    Welcome brother!

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    Congratulations, Shokai

    i always appreciate your sense of humor and sincerity. Deep bows to you, Dosho, Myozan, Mongen, Shohei, Fugen, Yugen and Kyonin.

    Gassho,
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    Shokai, Richard.

    I always value your teachings and dedication to practice.

    I am happy that your true quality as a man of the way is being recognised in this way.

    You have for long been a brother in the Dharma.

    Gassho
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    Congratulations. A very well deserved honor.

    Gassho,

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    Congratulations Shokai!!!


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    Congratulations Shokai, this is great news!

    Gassho,
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    Congratulations to our brother Shokai!!

    I am very happy to see you undertaking Shukke with us.

    You are a great teacher

    Gassho,

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    Congratulations Shokai! Thank you for the sacrifices you have made and continue to make.

    Gassho.
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    Hi.

    Good tidings!

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    Shokai's wisdom has always shone through for me since first joining Treeleaf - that lovely, warm sense of humour and humanity that always manages to say so much with a few well chosen words. Willow

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    I am so pleased.... Congratulations Shokai!!

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    Congratulations Richard

    Gassho

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    Hooray! Really well deserved! Gassho. Gassho. Gassho.
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    This is wonderful news, congrats Shokai! Do you embody the heart of the Buddha. I wish you all the best.

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    Thank you all for your kind thoughts and support. I am looking forward to serving this sangha in any way I can for a very long time.

    Gassho, Shokai
    gassho, Shokai, still learning the way and knowing nothing
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    Just another itinerant monk; go somewhere else to listen to someone who really knows.

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    This is wonderful news! I have always admired and respected your kind, insightful words here, Richard. I'm very happy to see this honor bestowed on you!

    Congrats!!!
    Gassho,
    Kaishin

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    So wonderful! Congratulations, Shokai!

    迎 Geika

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    Woo-Hoo!!
    Way to go!!
    Yay!!
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    I'm deeply touched,
    Shokai, a hug from here and this is ... wonderful,
    Deep bow & Gassho
    Myoku

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    Well deserved, congratulations Richard.

    Gassho,
    Gary
    Drinking tea and eating rice.

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    Lovely! Congrats, Shokai!


    Gassho,

    Timo
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    Brilliant and Thank you for presence and well, You!

    Gassho

    Shohei

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    I am looking forward to serving this sangha in any way I can for a very long time.
    Dude, you already have.



    Congratulations!

    Jen
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    Wonderful news! And may I second what Jen said; Shokai, you already serve us in so many ways. What a wonderful way to honor you and all that you've done and will continue to do! *Hugs*

    many bows,
    Kelly/Jinmei

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    Thanks Kelly;
    Your kind words touch and mean so much.
    Gassho, rj

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    gassho, Shokai, still learning the way and knowing nothing
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
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    Thanks Jenn; just thought I'd warn you all,
    Gasshho, rj

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    Congrats Shokai!

    Gassho

    Enkyo

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    Awesome and well-deserved! Congratulations!!
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    Excellent decision! Congrats Shokai!
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    Congratulations Shokai!
    Gassho,
    Andy

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    Congrats Shokai.

    In gassho,

    Seido
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    Congratulations!!!!
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    Hooray! Well deserved, Shokai, congratulations.

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    Not to pile on, but congratulations!

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    Congratulations Shokai.

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    Cool and congrats! What time zone are you? Nice to see you on google+ so often.

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    That is excellent. Congrats Shokai!!

    Gassho,

    Risho

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    I cannot think of a better candidate for this recognition!

    Gassho,
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    Deep Bow.

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    Congratulations, Shokai! Well deserved!

    Gassho, Dennis

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    Congratulations Shokai

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    Hello,

    please let me add my great joy at hearing this news too.

    All the best and a mega-heartfelt gassho,

    Hans Chudo Mongen
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    Thanks Koshin, your kind words are much appreciated

    gassho, Shokai

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    Thank you for adding your great joy, I look forward to working more with you

    gassho, shokai

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    Just another itinerant monk; go somewhere else to listen to someone who really knows.

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    Really great news! Congratulations, Richard,

    Deep, deep bows,

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    The actualization of what already is. How wonderful. I've always appreciated your friendship in and out of the forums...so happy for you brother!

    Gassho,

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    Dear All,

    Due to some family issues, Shokai has told me that he will need to withdraw from the upcoming Ordination ceremony and take some time to deal with the same.

    I wrote him to say that I am sad ... yet I understand fully.

    Gassho, Jundo
    Last edited by Jundo; 05-27-2013 at 08:52 AM.
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