Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago holds lay ordination (jukai)

On Sunday, July 21 Taigen performed a lay ordination precept ceremony for three people. As part of the ceremony, the three ordainees received new Dharma names from Taigen, rakusus (buddha robes worn around the neck), and ancestral lineage papers and for the first time at Ancient Dragon, Women Ancestors documents.

Paula Lazarz's new name is: Yōki Jundō - Fostering Energy  Following the Way
Carla Amato's new name is: Mitsukō Jūryū - Hidden Vastness  Abiding in the Flow
Ben Penglase's new name is: Kinji Shōsetsu - Diligent Compassion  Upright Speech

A great many people helped to make this ceremony possible. Assisting Taigen in the ceremony were ADZG sewing teacher Hogetsu Laurie Belzer, Eishin Nancy Easton, Roy Wyman, and Kathy Bingham, among others.

The three ordainees formally took refuge in Buddha and received the 16 Soto Zen bodhisattva precepts:

I take refuge in Buddha
I take refuge in Dharma
I take refuge in Sangha

I vow to embrace and sustain right conduct
I vow to embrace and sustain all good
I vow to embrace and sustain all beings

A disciple of Buddha does not kill
A disciple of Buddha does not take what is not given
A disciple of Buddha does not misuse sexuality
A disciple of Buddha does not lie
A disciple of Buddha does not intoxicate mind or body of self or others
A disciple of Buddha does not discuss others' faults
A disciple of Buddha does not praise self at the expense of others
A disciple of Buddha is not possessive of anything
A disciple of Buddha does not harbor ill will
A disciple of Buddha does not disparage the Three Treasures

Jukai group and others
Jukai group and Taigen
Jukai ceremony

(photos by Jeremy Herzberg)