This year’s Lay Initiation Weekend took place from July 12-14. Three practitioners – Donald Dodge, Anna Floyd, and Jason Ruby – received the Bodhisattva precepts in a ceremony with Zenki Dillo Roshi. It was a festive Sangha event with over 30 persons supporting the initiates.
Part of taking the precepts is taking refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. The presence and support of the Sangha are essential for these ceremonies. Please mark your calendar for June 12-14, 2020, when we will hold the next Jukai ceremony.
Before the ceremony, Zenki Roshi gave a dharma talk introducing the practice of the precepts, the ideal of the Bodhisattva, and the notion of “taking refuge.” (See the recording below.)
Donald Dodge received the Buddhist name Sui Do Gen Ki (Water, Way, Profound, Function). Donald lives in Boulder and has been a regular in the Boulder Zendo since 2010. He is the current President of the Boulder Zen Center. He recently said, the kitchen at Crestone Mountain Zen Center was one of his favorite places to be.
Anna Floyd’s new Buddhist name is Myo Tai Tatsu Gyo (Subtle, Body, Mastery, Action). Anna started practicing with the Dharma Sangha after a weekend retreat at CMZC in 2014. She lives in Broomfield and now practices regularly in the Boulder Zendo, where she is a Doan (ringing bells and leading the chanting) and in charge of recording dharma talks.
Jason Ruby’s lay ordination name is Sen Shin E Kyo (Hermit, Mind, Wisdom, Abide). He discovered CMZC in 2011 and did his first Zen retreat in 2014. Jason lives in Denver. He now practices both with the Boulder Zen Center and the White Forest Sangha in Denver, a sitting and study group led with Mushin Steve Crisman, where he is a Doan (ringing bells and leading the chanting) and serves on the Board of Directors.
Thank you Suido Donald, Myotai Anna, and Senshin Jason for your commitment to the Bodhisattva Path and to supporting the Dharma Sangha with your presence and practice!
We look forward to many years of practicing together at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center and the Boulder Zen Center.