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    Naming Ceremony

    Hi Taigu, Jundo and everyone,
    I was thinking of having a naming ceremony for my two sons in the Buddhist tradition. Both my wife and I feel they need a party to welcome them. Just a party would be nice, but a little ceremony is always a good place to start the celebration.

    Has anyone been at a naming ceremony? What was it like? Or does anyone have a text I could use to base ours on? Not sure where to start.

    All suggestions welcome.
    In gassho with thanks
    Soen

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    Re: Naming Ceremony

    Quote Originally Posted by soendoshin
    Hi Taigu, Jundo and everyone,
    I was thinking of having a naming ceremony for my two sons in the Buddhist tradition. Both my wife and I feel they need a party to welcome them. Just a party would be nice, but a little ceremony is always a good place to start the celebration.

    Has anyone been at a naming ceremony? What was it like? Or does anyone have a text I could use to base ours on? Not sure where to start.

    All suggestions welcome.
    In gassho with thanks
    Soen
    Hi Soen,

    Yes, I have access to the script for some such ceremonies from various Soto Zen Sangha, and something will be appropriate. I will write you and Taigu privately and see what you wish to do.

    Gassho, J

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    This is a wonderful idea,
    and at the same time, how shall I put it, names are already a very big deal... but true names are invitation to shed them off,
    yes... the nameless. My-your-everybody true name.
    And, at the same time, it is true that a child needs a name, as much as anything else. :?:

    Why should it be Buddhist then?
    Why not make it happening outside of bigger tags and names?
    Why a ceremony and why not?
    Who for? :wink:

    Digging is needed here.

    I never wanted my daughter to go Buddhist or have any connection with this path.
    If she wants it, up to her.
    And great if does, and great if she doesn't. :mrgreen:

    Imitating daddy sitting...Loss of time IMHO
    Sawaki Kodo in his stupid wisdom used to say: give sweets to kids. :twisted: :roll:

    A ceremony?...


    Life is already it.


    Becoming a priest ( what you are already) is a different ball game.


    Well... I don't know.

    If you really think-feel that it is what is needed, then it's great. Go ahead.



    gassho



    Taigu

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    Re: Naming Ceremony

    Hi Taigu and Jundo,
    Thank you for your words. Some very good questions, teacher.
    Why ceremony?
    To celebrate what is. To acknowledge what is already there. To have a party. To bow. To eat and drink. Une fête.
    For who?
    The Child, Dad, Mum, Grandfather, Grandmother, for everybody; not separate.
    Why Buddhist?
    True. I do not want to make my children Buddhist, Catholic or anything else. But, I am their Dad and I am a Buddhist. I speak English. I talk to them with English words and welcome them with Buddhist words. My father is a devote Catholic. Maybe he should say some Catholic words as part of the ceremony. I have no time for the Church but respect his faith. My children have no faith and so it shall remain, until they choose one or none. I will not encourage them to sit Zazen with me (or discourage them, indeed).

    Ceremony is a door we walk through; a door we have already walked through, but in a ritual dance of celebration. All moments are sacred, and in ceremony we remind ourselves of that.

    So, why not a party?
    Gassho,
    Soen

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