Sunday, January 25, 2015


Kojun, Innen and Jiho

Deep bows of appreciation to Janet and Cam, now Kojun and Jiho, for their dedication and decision to complete the ceremony of Going For Refuge yesterday. This is one of the oldest ceremonies in all of Dharma and signifies an individual’s announcement to others in a sangha that they are now guiding their lives by their vows and practice. All of us are enriched by this decision.
We also extend our appreciation to the friends who attended the ceremony and showed their support and encouragement for the two refuge-takers. It was especially nice to have several friends who themselves are not practising Buddhists but wanted to witness this and to encourage Jiho and Kojun.
This marks only the second time we have completed a jukai service in Canada, and it has been several years since the previous one. We were pleased to be able to do this ceremony at a new practice space at my home in Renfrew. Since closing Akasha-loka, our former Renfrew practice space a few months ago, we are testing the waters with a new space in Renfrew to complement the main site at the Red Maple Mindful Living Centre in Pembroke.
We wish Kojun and Jiho much satisfaction as they step forward in their Dharma lives.

Yours in the Dharma,                          
Innen, doshu
om namo amida butsu   

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