Is it possible to practice Soto Zen and simultaneously be an active member of another faith?
Assuming there are no restrictions within the other faith that would prevent it, is it possible, for example, to go through the Jukai ceremony and take the precepts while still being an active Jew, Muslim, Roman Catholic, Mormon, etc (again, assuming those other faiths would allow it)?
I read something in the text of the Jukai ceremony that I got from Dogen Sangha (I think) that states:
"The giving of the precepts of Three Devotions is like this. From now on, Gautama Buddha and the other Buddhas are your great teachers. Never devote yourself to demons, non-Buddhists, and so forth..."
This would seem to preclude being a member of another faith, but I didn't know if this was the generally accepted practice.
(I've attached the document, if you're curious. It contains a discussion of the precepts as well as the text of the Jukai ceremony.)