Jukai Altar

Jukai: Entering the Buddha’s Family

Sunday, November 8, 2020  |   9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Place: Vermont Zen Center

On Sunday, November 8, there will be a ceremony of 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 the Spring and one in November. 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. You must be a member of the Sangha or an immediate family member to attend Jukai.