UPDATE Regarding SHOKAI (Richard)

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39075

    UPDATE Regarding SHOKAI (Richard)

    UPDATE: Dear All,

    Due to some family issues, Shokai has told me that he will need to withdraw from the upcoming Ordination ceremony and take some time to deal with the same.

    I wrote him to say that I am sad ... yet I understand fully.

    Gassho, Jundo



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    Dear All,

    Taigu and I have been wanting for some time to recognize certain long time and beloved members of this community in a special way. There are some special folks around this place ... loving, caring, wise, sincere ... who seem to naturally embody many of the qualities of a Zen Priest and are so important to our Treeleaf Community.

    Simply as a symbol and token of our respect and caring for them, we thought to invite such individuals to undertake an Honorary "Shukke Tokudo" Homeleaving Ordination, to be recognized as a Novice Zen Priest. Although called "honorary", this Homeleaving Ordination would be side-by-side and just the same as that undertaken by our other Novice Priests (Mongen, Shohei, Fugen, Dosho, Myozan and, soon, Kyonin and Yugen), and the individual would be invited (although not all may wish to go so far) to participate together with the other Novice Priests in Training for the role of Priest. The person so undertaking Ordination would be a Novice Priest here at Treeleaf, no different from the others. They would be expected to uphold the same ethical standards and role of Serving Others as any Zen Priest but, knowing these people, we have few concerns there.

    This is actually an old Tradition in Japan and China (and other Buddhist countries) where Teachers ... even the Buddha ... from time to time would offer Ordination to a person simply out of respect although the person might not now be able or wishing thereafter to undertake the full calling of priest.

    The person we have invited this time is our dear SHOKAI ... RICHARD! He has accepted. A funeral director of many years experience, he has already devoted much of his life to helping people in times of crisis where most of us would be afraid to tread. A member of this community for several years, even today he can be found offering caring and touching words to all of us ...

    Alana's selection of an excerpt from the Platform Sutra over at Dailyzen.com this month is very timely for the ordainees in the upcoming forth Tree Leaf Shukke Tokudo ceremony. It also is good reading for those who aspire to Jukai this year and all the rest of us beginners who may have forgotten who we are. http://www




    I hope you will join us all in congratulating him. We anticipate that he will join in the upcoming Shukke Tokudo Homeleaving Ceremony for Yugen and Kyonin, now planned for the last week in May. You can read more about that, and about what "Shukke Tokudo" Homeleaving means here at Treeleaf, in this Thread:

    Dear All, I am very content to make this announcement, on behalf of Taigu and myself, and ask everyone sitting with our Sangha to join in its celebration. In the coming months, OUR SANGHA WILL WELCOME THROUGH 'Home Leaving' ORDINATION TWO NEW NOVICE-PRIEST TRAINEES, well known faces around here ... Kyonin Barros and Yugen


    YIPPEE!

    Gassho, Jundo

    Last edited by Jundo; 05-27-2013, 08:27 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Dosho
    Member
    • Jun 2008
    • 5784

    #2
    Congratulations Shokai!

    When Jundo first mentioned the idea of honorary Shukke Tokudo, I immediately thought of you. I will be very grateful to continue to benefit from your wisdom and experience.

    Welcome brother!

    Gassho,
    Dosho

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    • Juki
      Member
      • Dec 2012
      • 771

      #3
      Congratulations, Shokai

      i always appreciate your sense of humor and sincerity. Deep bows to you, Dosho, Myozan, Mongen, Shohei, Fugen, Yugen and Kyonin.

      Gassho,
      William
      "First you have to give up." Tyler Durden

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      • Myozan Kodo
        Friend of Treeleaf
        • May 2010
        • 1901

        #4
        Shokai, Richard.

        I always value your teachings and dedication to practice.

        I am happy that your true quality as a man of the way is being recognised in this way.

        You have for long been a brother in the Dharma.

        Gassho
        Myozan
        Last edited by Jundo; 04-17-2013, 05:09 PM.

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        • Jiken
          Member
          • Jan 2011
          • 753

          #5
          Congratulations. A very well deserved honor.

          Gassho,

          Daido

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          • Shugen
            Treeleaf Unsui
            • Nov 2007
            • 4535

            #6
            Congratulations Shokai!!!


            Shugen
            Meido Shugen
            明道 修眼

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            • Genshin
              Member
              • Jan 2013
              • 467

              #7
              Congratulations Shokai, this is great news!

              Gassho,
              Matt

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              • Kyonin
                Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
                • Oct 2010
                • 6739

                #8
                Congratulations to our brother Shokai!!

                I am very happy to see you undertaking Shukke with us.

                You are a great teacher

                Gassho,

                Kyonin
                Hondō Kyōnin
                奔道 協忍

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                • Seimyo
                  Member
                  • Jan 2012
                  • 861

                  #9
                  Congratulations Shokai! Thank you for the sacrifices you have made and continue to make.

                  Gassho.
                  Seimyo

                  明 Seimyō (Christhatischris)

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                  • Tb
                    Member
                    • Jan 2008
                    • 3186

                    #10
                    Hi.

                    Good tidings!

                    mtfbwy
                    Fugen
                    Life is our temple and its all good practice
                    Blog: http://fugenblog.blogspot.com/

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                    • Jinyo
                      Member
                      • Jan 2012
                      • 1957

                      #11
                      Shokai's wisdom has always shone through for me since first joining Treeleaf - that lovely, warm sense of humour and humanity that always manages to say so much with a few well chosen words. Willow

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                      • Yugen

                        #12
                        I am so pleased.... Congratulations Shokai!!

                        Deep bows
                        Yugen

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                        • Kyotai

                          #13
                          Congratulations Richard

                          Gassho

                          Shawn

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                          • Heisoku
                            Member
                            • Jun 2010
                            • 1338

                            #14
                            Hooray! Really well deserved! Gassho. Gassho. Gassho.
                            Heisoku 平 息
                            Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. (Basho)

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                            • Mp

                              #15
                              This is wonderful news, congrats Shokai! Do you embody the heart of the Buddha. I wish you all the best.

                              Deep bows
                              Shingen

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