Forgive my "newbyness" if this has already been covered but I am interested in Jukai. I have never been through a precepts ceremony but I consider myself a Buddhist (and have felt that way for several years). I realize that ceremonies are not magic, but nonetheless they are a formal and public declaration of something that might previously have been private and tentative.
I would be curious to know what Jundo and the group thinks about Jukai's place in one's practice.

Thanks in advance,