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May 19, 2019 @ 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
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Jukai (Taking the Precepts and Formally Becoming a Buddhist)
Contrary to popular belief, Zen is rooted in moral values. While spiritual insight can lead to liberation, we will not be able to settle our minds if we are embroiled in harmful behaviors and thoughts. In addition, when we aspire to follow moral precepts but find ourselves breaking them, our self-attachment is revealed to us (and then we can address it).
It is so important for spiritual practice to be grounded in moral behavior that “receiving the precepts,” or publicly acknowledging your intent to use them as a guide for your life, is the primary aspect of becoming a Buddhist. Periodically Bright Way Zen will hold a “Jukai” ceremony, in which people receive the precepts and formally become Buddhists. Before taking the precepts someone needs to have had a Buddhist practice for six months to a year, studied the precepts, and clarified their intention with the teacher/preceptor. Interest in taking the precepts should be communicated to one of our teachers, Domyo or Shintai.