Jukai is the Mahayana Taking-the-Precepts Ceremony, in which we receive the Sixteen Precepts, and commit to putting them into practice to the best of our ability. Great Jukai, a more elaborate version of the ceremony, is celebrated periodically and will be observed at our Centre for the first time this year.
Jukai can be considered as the ceremonial highlight of the Buddhist year, and all are encouraged to attend.
Following the ceremony we will gather for a meal at a Chinese vegetarian restaurant in Panmure. The cost will be about $25 per person and if you plan to attend the meal, please RSVP by clicking the link and following the instructions. This will help us get an accurate count for the booking. http://www.doodle.com/ya8hcvgb6hwaw38d
Schedule for the Evening:
The zendo will be open for informal sitting beginning at 4:00, with the ceremony beginning at 5:00 sharp. Please plan to be robed and in the zendo before 5:o0.
The ceremony starts with a journey through the Six Realms of Unenlightened Existence, featuring visual displays prepared collaboratively by Centre members. Next there will be a chance to offer dana to Sensei. Envelopes are provided and offerings are kept anonymous. Unlike the usual dana given at a sitting, which goes towards the upkeep of the AZC, this offering is to Sensei personally, a token of gratitude for receiving teachings. Following this the Heart Sutra is chanted; then we recite a repentance gatha (verse) as a means of purification prior to receiving the sixteen precepts. The Three Refuges, the Three General Resolutions and the Ten Cardinal Precepts are each repeated three times.
After the ceremony, we will head off to Panmure for dinner (please RSVP above).
If you have sewn a rakusu in preparation for Jukai, you will receive it from Sensei in a ceremony starting at 3:30. As Sensei will need to inscribe your rakusu with your Dharma name, please make sure that the rakusu is complete and delivered to Sensei at least one week in advance of the ceremony.