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  • threethirty
    Member
    • Dec 2011
    • 170

    Talked to interfaith class at work today about being a Monk...

    ...It was really cool.

    I work at a seminary and they are in the the middle of a unit on Buddhism. After hearing about Jukai the teacher asked me to come in, talk about the path I took to Buddhism, what Jukai is all about, and various things like that.

    It must have gone well because I have had students coming to my office to thank me, check out my rakusu closer, and to borrow books.



    Wahsu / threethirty
    --Washu
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  • Neika
    Member
    • Dec 2008
    • 229

    #2
    Cool!
    Neika / Ian Adams

    寧 Nei - Peaceful/Courteous
    火 Ka - Fire

    Look for Buddha outside your own mind, and Buddha becomes the devil. --Dogen

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    • Jundo
      Treeleaf Founder and Priest
      • Apr 2006
      • 39454

      #3
      Originally posted by threethirty
      ...It was really cool.

      I work at a seminary and they are in the the middle of a unit on Buddhism. After hearing about Jukai the teacher asked me to come in, talk about the path I took to Buddhism, what Jukai is all about, and various things like that.

      It must have gone well because I have had students coming to my office to thank me, check out my rakusu closer, and to borrow books.



      Wahsu / threethirty
      Wonderful!

      And maybe your path will lead to monkhood one day.

      Gassho, Jundo
      ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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      • Mp

        #4
        Yes, wonderful!

        Gassho
        Shingen

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        • Koshin
          Member
          • Feb 2012
          • 938

          #5
          Great

          Gassho
          Thank you for your practice

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          • Jinyo
            Member
            • Jan 2012
            • 1957

            #6
            Excellent

            Gassho

            Willow

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            • Jakudo
              Member
              • May 2009
              • 251

              #7
              Very Nice, I was once wary of telling people about me being a Buddhist, and now could give a heck.
              Gassho, Shawn Jakudo Hinton
              Gassho, Shawn Jakudo Hinton
              It all begins when we say, “I”. Everything that follows is illusion.
              "Even to speak the word Buddha is dragging in the mud soaking wet; Even to say the word Zen is a total embarrassment."
              寂道

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              • RichardH
                Member
                • Nov 2011
                • 2800

                #8
                Originally posted by Jakudo
                Very Nice, I was once wary of telling people about me being a Buddhist, and now could give a heck.
                Gassho, Shawn Jakudo Hinton
                A few times recently, I have been asked to "teach" zazen through friends, and even to city employees, but have not taken it up. Teaching art.. no problem .. all the authority in the world. Zen... No. Perhaps one day I'll ordain and train, but until then, I've seen to much malpractice by self appointed teachers. This isn't referring to the OP!.. the thread just brought up my own complex around this.


                Gassho, Daizan
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                • Neika
                  Member
                  • Dec 2008
                  • 229

                  #9
                  Originally posted by Daizan
                  A few times recently, I have been asked to "teach" zazen through friends, and even to city employees, but have not taken it up. Teaching art.. no problem .. all the authority in the world. Zen... No. Perhaps one day I'll ordain and train, but until then, I've seen to much malpractice by self appointed teachers. This isn't referring to the OP!.. the thread just brought up my own complex around this.


                  Gassho, Daizan
                  Ahh, don't think of teaching zazen as something requiring authority, rather as the slightly more experienced setting an example for the less experienced. I lead a small group here in my hometown (or did until recently, not sure about the coming year) and as the only one with any past formal teaching, I am the one who gets to teach others how to sit. Mainly I show people how to sit, alternative ways to sit, give a few book or online ideas, and then tell them to find a real teacher. Beyond that, we just sit together.
                  Neika / Ian Adams

                  寧 Nei - Peaceful/Courteous
                  火 Ka - Fire

                  Look for Buddha outside your own mind, and Buddha becomes the devil. --Dogen

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                  • Seimyo
                    Member
                    • Jan 2012
                    • 861

                    #10
                    One does not necessarily need to become ordained to show another how to sit. As long as you aren't guiding them along a path, and are simply facilitating their zazen, I don't think it's an issue. I've been organizing a sitting group at work for the better part of a year and short of assisting with the very basics of breathing and sitting, there isn't much to it. You are just offering a great service to those willing to take up the practice. Should your 'sitters' become more curious about Zen, point them to a teacher or a zendo where they can speak with someone that does have the authority to teach another.

                    Gassho.
                    Seimyo

                    明 Seimyō (Christhatischris)

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                    • RichardH
                      Member
                      • Nov 2011
                      • 2800

                      #11
                      I facilitated public sitting for a number of years for the local Lay Forest Sangha, but stepped aside. One reason was I felt people got the wrong impression. Being a good talker with some charisma when inspired, sometimes new people approached after thinking I was Enlightened. ...and maybe I liked that. They were so ready to see that in a teacher figure. Needless to say, I wasn't Enlightened. So sitting with some friends..giving pointers from experience is ok, but giving classes feels inappropriate (can't speak for anyone else though!). When teaching art there is a sense of natural "authority" that is appropriate to assume. Assuming that in Buddhist matters feels inappropriate. Online community activism is different, it isn't uncomfortable. I guess the bottom line is ...it is good to share a healthy thing.

                      Gassho
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                      • Neika
                        Member
                        • Dec 2008
                        • 229

                        #12
                        Fortunately, everyone here knows me, so there is no way of anyone ever assuming I might be enlightened. Quite the opposite in fact, I'm pretty sure that everyone else has become my teacher.
                        Neika / Ian Adams

                        寧 Nei - Peaceful/Courteous
                        火 Ka - Fire

                        Look for Buddha outside your own mind, and Buddha becomes the devil. --Dogen

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                        • Jundo
                          Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                          • Apr 2006
                          • 39454

                          #13
                          Hi,

                          I see nothing wrong with experienced sitters facilitating (a word I prefer to "leading") a sitting group informally, and showing the ropes of sitting to newcomers. We have several folks around Treeleaf doing so, and I support such activities however I can if needed. Yes, it is important to stay humble and know one's limits, to be aware when one may need to point someone to others, that one is having influence over the life of people who come there, not to give a wrong impression about what is happening and that one should not feel any ego about it ... but that need to be humble and aware of all that is true even for an Ordained Teacher of 100 years experience.

                          For a lay person offering a sitting group, I think Neika and Seimyo describe it well above: "Mainly I show people how to sit, alternative ways to sit, give a few book or online ideas, and then tell them to find a real teacher. Beyond that, we just sit together" and " As long as you aren't guiding them along a path, and are simply facilitating their zazen, I don't think it's an issue. I've been organizing a sitting group at work for the better part of a year and short of assisting with the very basics of breathing and sitting, there isn't much to it. You are just offering a great service to those willing to take up the practice. Should your 'sitters' become more curious about Zen, point them to a teacher or a zendo where they can speak with someone that does have the authority to teach another."

                          By the way, the title of this thread led someone to write me about what exactly is the difference between Jukai and Monk/Priest Ordination.

                          Jukai ("Undertaking the Precepts", sometimes called "Lay Ordination" or "Zaike Tokudo" which means "At Home Ordination") is traditionally for lay folks, and does not constitute becoming a monk or priest (known as Shukke Tokudo, "Homeleaving Ordination"). Even Shukke Tokudo does not constitute one as a full monk/priest, but as simply a "novice" or "trainee" on the first step to what is usually a long process over years to "Dharma Transmission" when one would first really be considered fully Ordained. Of course, these days, Japanese Lineage Priests typically marry and have children, so the line can be a bit fuzzy. However, in my view, the difference is the degree that one is turning to a role of lifetime service and teaching and ministry as the minister and teacher and clergy. That was the subject of my talk just this week ...

                          My Dharma Bro. BRAD WARNER has written (HERE) (http://hardcorezen.info/why-i-am-not-a-member-of-clergy/1610) that we are not Zen "Clergy" ... or at least, he is not "Clergy". He writes ... Zen has to be just a little bit dangerous. If it’s not, it ceases to be Zen. The reason that Zen can go as


                          Please read a bit more below written by Soto Priest Nonin Chowaney. (As you will see, "Jukai" and "Zaike Tokudo" are also traditionally somewhat different, but that distinction is really disappearing in American Zen and the two are now treated as one most places).

                          In the different Zen Buddhist schools, there are specific ceremonies, or milestones in practice, through which a person formally expresses a commitment to follow the buddha way. These ceremonies differ from school to school, but overall, they follow a specific pattern. I am only intimately familiar with the Soto Zen Buddhism process, so here it is:

                          In Soto Zen Buddhism, there are three ceremonies by which a person formally assumes a specific place within the sangha: jukai, zaike tokudo, and shukke tokudo.

                          Jukai (Jap.) means "receiving the precepts." During this ceremony, a person expresses a commitment to live either according to the Five Original Precepts for Lay People or the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts. Those accepting the Five Precepts receive a wagesa, a strap-like garment worn around the neck; Those accepting the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts receive a rakusu , a bib-like garment also worn around the neck. In both ceremonies, a Buddhist name and lineage papers tracing the person's dharma heritage back to Shakyamuni Buddha can be given, but in some lineages this in only done if the person accepts the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts. Some practitioners go through the Jukai ceremony more than once.

                          Zaike Tokudo literally means "staying home to accomplish the way," and is sometimes referred to as "Lay Ordination." This ceremony is no longer recognized by the Soto Zen heirarchy in Japan, but is performed in the West. However, jukai and zaike tokudo are sometimes confused, however, and the same ceremony is called by one term or another, depending on where it's performed. Neither ceremony, however, confers any ecclesiastical (or clergy) standing on those completing it.

                          Shukke Tokudo literally means "leaving home to accomplish the way," and is also referred to as "Priest Ordination." During this ceremony the person also commits to living according to the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts and receives an Okesa (priest's robe) and lineage papers. After this ceremony, the person is a novice priest in an ecclesiastical (or clergy) system. The person then embarks on a period of training that hopefully culminates in Dharma Transmission, after which the person becomes a lineage holder capable of transmitting the lineage teaching as it was transmitted to her or him.
                          We had and will have future Shukke Tokudo. In fact, I will have an announcement in that regard in the coming days.

                          Also worth mentioning is that the use of the English words "monk" and "priest" (and some other common names thrown about) are even a bit strange to describe the situation of Buddhist clergy in Japan. Here is a recent discussion on that ...

                          Just reconnected with my little brother after a couple of years of silence, and happened to mentioned that I was now Buddhist. Then realized that I was unable to remember if Taigu and Jundo had any specific "title" that I should be using. I'm sorry if I've been told and have forgotten, it's been 2 solid weeks of being


                          Gassho, J
                          Last edited by Jundo; 01-17-2013, 03:41 AM.
                          ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                          • Mp

                            #14
                            Originally posted by Jundo
                            Hi,

                            I see nothing wrong with experienced sitters facilitating (a word I prefer to "leading") a sitting group informally, and showing the ropes of sitting to newcomers. We have several folks around Treeleaf doing so, and I support such activities however I can if needed. Yes, it is important to stay humble and know one's limits, to be aware when one may need to point someone to others, that one is having influence over the life of others who come there, not to give a wrong impression about what is happening and that one should not feel any ego about it ... but that need to be humble and aware of all that is true even for an Ordained Teacher of 100 years experience.

                            For a lay person offering a sitting group, I think Neika and Seimyo describe it well above: "Mainly I show people how to sit, alternative ways to sit, give a few book or online ideas, and then tell them to find a real teacher. Beyond that, we just sit together" and " As long as you aren't guiding them along a path, and are simply facilitating their zazen, I don't think it's an issue. I've been organizing a sitting group at work for the better part of a year and short of assisting with the very basics of breathing and sitting, there isn't much to it. You are just offering a great service to those willing to take up the practice. Should your 'sitters' become more curious about Zen, point them to a teacher or a zendo where they can speak with someone that does have the authority to teach another."

                            By the way, the title of this thread led someone to write me about what exactly is the difference between Jukai and Monk/Priest Ordination.

                            Jukai ("Undertaking the Precepts", sometimes called "Lay Ordination" or "Zaike Tokudo" which means "At Home Ordination") is traditionally for lay folks, and does not constitute becoming a monk or priest (known as Shukke Tokudo, "Homeleaving Ordination"). Even Shukke Tokudo does not constitute one as a full monk/priest, but as simply a "novice" or "trainee" on the first step to what is usually a long process over years to "Dharma Transmission" when one would first really be considered fully Ordained. Of course, these days, Japanese Lineage Priests typically marry and have children, so the line can be a bit fuzzy. However, in my view, the difference is the degree that one is turning to a role of lifetime service and teaching and ministry as the minister and teacher and clergy. That was the subject of my talk just this week ...

                            My Dharma Bro. BRAD WARNER has written (HERE) (http://hardcorezen.info/why-i-am-not-a-member-of-clergy/1610) that we are not Zen "Clergy" ... or at least, he is not "Clergy". He writes ... Zen has to be just a little bit dangerous. If it’s not, it ceases to be Zen. The reason that Zen can go as


                            Please read a bit more below written by Soto Priest Nonin Chowaney. (As you will see, "Jukai" and "Zaike Tokudo" are also traditionally somewhat different, but that distinction is really disappearing in American Zen and the two are now treated as one most places).



                            We had and will have future Shukke Tokudo. In fact, I will have an announcement in that regard in the coming days.

                            Also worth mentioning is that the use of the English words "monk" and "priest" (and some other common names thrown about) are even a bit strange to describe the situation of Buddhist clergy in Japan. Here is a recent discussion on that ...

                            Just reconnected with my little brother after a couple of years of silence, and happened to mentioned that I was now Buddhist. Then realized that I was unable to remember if Taigu and Jundo had any specific "title" that I should be using. I'm sorry if I've been told and have forgotten, it's been 2 solid weeks of being


                            Gassho, J
                            Thank you for this Jundo, I have a much better understanding now. One day, I hope the path of Shukke Tokudo comes before me.

                            Gassho
                            Shingen

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                            • RichardH
                              Member
                              • Nov 2011
                              • 2800

                              #15
                              I should clarify one point here... When I talk about not assuming "authority" with regards to the Dharma.. it is in reference to other people. ...not this body and mind. Although I am deeply grateful for teachers in both the official sense, and in the sense that everyone is my teacher... and humbled by 1001 knocks of this head against the wall.....

                              ...the buck stops at my zafu. Treeleaf is my home in part because that is acknowledged and encouraged and supported. Jundo and Taigu are open handed.

                              Gassho, Daizan.
                              ...must be tired.. just typing. goodnight.
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