Jukai Altar

Jukai: Entering the Buddha’s Family

Sunday, April 7, 2019  |   9:00 am – 11:00 am Place: Vermont Zen Center

On Sunday, April 7, there will be a ceremony of formally entering the Budda Way, called Jukai, at 10 a.m. Prior to the ceremony, there is a one hour sitting. Dokusan will not be offered that day.

Our Center has two Jukai Ceremonies each year, one in April and one in November (this year on November 10). It is customary to take Jukai as often as possible. Each time you participate, your resolve to practice and realize the Buddhadharma grows stronger.

During the ceremony, participants take part in a repentance ceremony, then take the Three Refuges, the Three General Resolutions, and the Ten Cardinal Precepts.

Jukai also entails making an offering to the teacher which represents the practitioner’s desire to support the teacher’s work in propagating Buddhism.

Jukai is one of the most solemn rituals we observe at the Center, so please be sure to wear a clean and pressed robe if you have one. If not, wear dark, solid-colored clothing or borrow a robe from the Center. Children of all ages are welcome to come to this spring Jukai, which honors the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. You must be a member of the Sangha or an immediate family member to attend Jukai.