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Thread: Our 2013 Treeleaf Jukai (Undertaking the Precepts) Celebration is Here!

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    Our 2013 Treeleaf Jukai (Undertaking the Precepts) Celebration is Here!

    The time has again arrived for our annual JUKAI CEREMONY at Treeleaf Sangha ... to commence today, Sunday, January 13th at Midnight (Sunday-Monday) Japan time (that is New York 10am, Los Angeles 7am (Sunday morning), London 3pm and Paris 4pm (Sunday afternoon)). The ceremony will last about 1 hour, and will be visible from that time at the screen below:

    Our 18 Preceptees come together simultaneously from 5 countries (from Belgium to Mexico) joining in this Jukai as one, after having spent several months preparing for this day, studying the Precepts, sewing a rakusu, weighing the place of the Buddhist Teachings in their life. As with everything at Treeleaf, all was accomplished fully online, and invite all our Sangha to the celebration. Taigu Turlur and Jundo Cohen are Preceptors.

    Jukai literally means to receive or to undertake the Precepts. It is the ceremony both of one’s formally committing to the Buddhist Sangha and to the Practice of Zen Buddhism, and of one’s undertaking the “Sixteen Mahayana Bodhisattva Precepts” as guides for life. Traditionally for Jukai, one receives from a teacher the Rakusu, which represents the robe of the Buddha, the Kechimyaku, a written lineage chart connecting the recipient to the Buddhas and Ancestors of the past, and a “Dharma name” selected by the teacher and representing qualities of the recipient’s personality and practice.

    My teacher, Nishijima Roshi, has written this:

    When a Buddhist seeks to commence upon the study of Buddhism, there is first a ceremony which should be undertaken: It is called “Jukai,” the “Receipt of the Precepts,” the ceremony in which one receives and undertakes the Precepts as a disciple of the Buddha… Master Dogen specifically left us a chapter entitled ‘”Jukai,” in which it is strongly emphasized that, when the Buddhist believer first sets out to commence Buddhist practice… be it monk, be it lay person, no matter… the initial needed steps include the holding of the ceremony of Jukai and the undertaking of the Precepts… The rationale of all of the Buddhist Precepts, the Mahayana Boddhisattva Precepts ... is as a pointing toward the best ways for us to live in this life, in this real world… how to live benefiting both ourselves and others as best we can.


    PS - Dear All,

    I repaired some of the "technical non-issues" we had in the above record. If you had any problems hearing or viewing any portion of the live ceremony, you may watch again.

    I will say this on behalf of our way of Jukai across oceans ... having participated in any number of Jukai ceremonies in Japan, where the content is recited in arcane, ancient Japanese and Chinese (barely understandable to modern Japanese) filled with Buddhist terminology and symbolism which the Jukai ceremony participants barely understand (if at all, and except in their hearts), where people cannot observe what is happening across the room (the largest Jukai I joined at a big temple had over 100 participants) and where folks are just plain nervous (think of your own wedding ceremony, if married folks) ... I promise that you all understand and have witnessed more of our ceremony as it was happening than most Japanese or Chinese might (even the priests sometimes!) .

    On behalf of Taigu and me, it was an honor to experience this moment with you.

    Gassho, Jundo
    Last edited by Jundo; 01-14-2013 at 07:46 AM.

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    Awesome!! Looking forward to it! Good luck everyone

    Ho (Dharma)
    Yu (Hot Water)

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    Watching with a big smile this fine morning!

    Best wishes!


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    Metta to all participating and watching! What a wonderful day!


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    Here as well! Thank you for your commitment to the Dharma.


    We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
    ~Anas Nin

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    Watching in the wings; best wishes to all of you
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    May we all grow together in our knowledge of the Dharma

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    Online and waiting for the ceremony to start.

    Congratulations to all our fellow Treeleafers undertaking Jukai.


    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

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    Hello dear Jukai-ees,

    good luck to everyone, I'll start the youtube netcast in a second!

    Thank you for your practise and commitment.

    All the best and gassho,

    Hans Chudo Mongen

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    Watching here. Good luck to you all.

    PS: I had to refresh my screen (F5) before I could see it here. Gassho.
    Last edited by Myozan Kodo; 01-13-2013 at 03:05 PM.

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    Joining everyone in the wings watching... A wonderful day. Happy for all those taking the precepts!

    Deep bows

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    Congrats to everyone taking the Jukai and good luck!

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    Congratulations to you all participating in Jukai!!! Will be watching and sharing in your day!!!


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    Woohoo! Welcome new Dharma brothers & sisters!



    We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
    ~Anas Nin

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    A joyous day indeed! Congratulations to you all! A beautiful ceremony.

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    Thank you for the beautiful, beautiful ceremony.


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    Congratulations guys!!



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    Hello from Germany,

    yeehah folks, well done!


    Hans Chudo Mongen

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    Congratulations brothers and sisters! A beautiful ceremony and a wonderful time for the sangha.

    Deep bows to all recipients of the precepts.


    P.S. Now go celebrate! But don't break (too many) precepts in doing so!

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    Congratulations to all Jukai-ees!

    What a beautiful ceremony.

    Thank you all for your practice.


    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

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    Beautiful ceremony! It was great to participate. Thank you Jundo and Taigu
    Congratulations to all Jukai-ees!

    Ho (Dharma)
    Yu (Hot Water)

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    Congratulations to all. I had a wonderful time studying with you all and look forward to more of it. I am honored to be a part of this Sangha. Thanks everyone, thank you Jundo and Taigu.


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    Thank you Treeleaf, it was a great, just going out to life and to keep the precepts

    Deep Gassho
    Kōshin / Leo

    P.S. Yup, I know, my English sucks

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    Thank you, everyone. Thank you for your patience too. A couple of things I learned about Google+ tonight will help next year. I realized that I should have placed a second independent camera so both groups could have a good view of the Altar and ceremony. I apologize for that.

    But the Ceremony was Perfectly-Imperfect, as all things around here ... in life. However, the Precepts were Perfectly Received!

    Everyone, go in Peace!

    Gassho, Jundo (and on behalf of Taigu)

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    Deep bows

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    Congratulations to all recieving the precepts and to all of us renewing them, moment by moment.
    Thank you Jundo for a wonderfulceremony.
    Gasho, Gassho, Gassho.
    Heisoku 平 息
    Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. (Basho)

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    Thank you all, it was wonderful to participate in this years Jukai. A great experience. And, like Jundo, I learned a few things as well, such as making sure all of your equipment is operational in advance. Stupid webcam.

    Neika / Ian Adams

    寧 Nei - Peaceful/Courteous
    火 Ka - Fire

    Look for Buddha outside your own mind, and Buddha becomes the devil. --Dogen

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    Sounds like your webcam is a great teacher!


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    Thank you Jundo, Taigu, and all my brothers and sisters ... deep bows and many thanks.


    Shin = True, Genuine
    Gen = Eye
    Last edited by Shingen; 01-13-2013 at 06:00 PM. Reason: dharma name update
    倫道 真現

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    Yes, and I just figured out the problem. Will teach me to install updates and forget to restart the computer.
    Neika / Ian Adams

    寧 Nei - Peaceful/Courteous
    火 Ka - Fire

    Look for Buddha outside your own mind, and Buddha becomes the devil. --Dogen

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    Thank you - Danke - to all who witnessed, to my sisters and brothers who took the precepts with me and their folks who were there (including my husband and my Unitarian lay chaplain!), and most of all to Jundo and Taigu for offering this wonderful opportunity!

    Have a great day, all!

    Oh, and I am still-again-completely new Nindo

    Nin = patience, perseverance
    Do = the way
    Last edited by Nindo; 01-13-2013 at 05:23 PM.

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    If you don't mind, please post the translations with your new names!

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    Treeleaf Engineer Seimyo's Avatar
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    Yuba City, California, USA
    Deep bows to all of my fellow Jukai-ers. Deep bows to Jundo and Taigu for all they do. Deep bows to my Sangha!

    What a wonderful way to begin the day.


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    Deep bows to all who participated - going to watch the ceremony now.



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    Deep bows for my Sangha family.

    Daizan.... "Great Mountain". A reference to my weight gain over the recent holidays..

    Edit. .. being funny aside ... I know the calligraphy and lineage paper are not about artistic beauty, but they are deeply beautiful and treasured that way too. Bows.
    Last edited by RichardH; 01-13-2013 at 06:28 PM.

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    w00t!!! Thank you everyone.


    和 Harmony
    秀 Excellence
    和 Harmony
    秀 Excellence

    "Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body" George Carlin Roshi

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    Treeleaf Unsui Shugen's Avatar
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    Redding California USA
    Congratulations everyone!

    Deep Bows to You All

    Meido Shugen
    明道 修眼

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    That was a wonderful ceremony - thank you all!
    Hope to be able to fully partake next Jukai.



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    Congratulations 2013 jukai-ees!

    Technical difficulties, schmeclical difficulties! All these people got together from 5 different countries (and who knows how many others in different countries will watch it). Let it sink in for a minute. Pretty amazing!



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    Congratulations all!
    Amazing to witness this as Nenka points out!

    Deep bows

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    May the force be with you everyone.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fugen View Post

    May the force be with you everyone.

    Haha Fugen, made a nerd like me laugh out loud!

    Nindo: Seizan, meaning "Spring Mountain."


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    Awesome Jukai ceremony this morning. Deep bows to all. Yes Nenka, pretty amazing indeed!
    Joku- silent/serene
    do- way/path
    Gassho, Shawn Jakudo Hinton
    It all begins when we say, I. Everything that follows is illusion.
    "Even to speak the word Buddha is dragging in the mud soaking wet; Even to say the word Zen is a total embarrassment."

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    A truly wonderful community!
    Congratulations to all!


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    Congratulations, everyone!

    After Jukai 2012, my practice became much more clear. I don't know if it was sewing the rakusu or simply knowing a bit more of the Dhamma through the process, but after Jukai I felt like instead of trying to do practice, I was practicing at last. I don't know if many of you feel the same, but if you do, this is an exciting time and we are all there with you.

    求道芸化 Kyudo Geika
    I am just a priest-in-training, please do not take anything I say as a teaching.

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    Congratulations to all!!!
    Gassho, Kaishin / Matt
    Kaishin (Open Heart aka Matt)
    Please take this layman's words with a grain of salt.

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    Hi all

    Here is my Dharma name

    妙 myo "marvellous"
    心 shin "heart"

    Ps Someone can tell me how to put the writing below with my name (under the line) everytime I post?



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    I think I got it, let's try :-)
    Myoshin 妙 心
    "A person who receives the Buddhist Precepts enters the state of Buddha at once. They stand at the same level as Gautama Buddha. We can say they are a child of the Buddha." Jundo

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    Wonderful ceremony everyone. Amazing to watch. Congratulations once again!


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    Congrats to all of you!
    no thing needs to be added

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    Reading the meanings of members' Dharma name signifies a lot more than when I first joined Treeleaf this time last year.
    Is there any place where members are listed with their Dharma name and its meaning?



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