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Buddha's Birthday Celebration
Buddha's Birthday Celebration
May 12

Today we celebrated Buddha's Birthday at Great Vow during our 10am Sunday program. In keeping with our tradition, we began with a ceremony of pouring sweet tea over the Baby Buddha under a flower bower. After zazen we saw an amazing shadow play in the gym, and we ended our lunch with a birthday cake.

 

 

 

 

Jukai - March 24th
Jukai - March 24th
March 24

We held a Jukai ceremony for Levi, Garrett and Sharon. During the ceremony they each received a Lineage Chart and Rokusu, which they made themselves, and a Dharma name that reflects both their character and their aspiration.

Levi received the name Jakuren, meaning Culitvate Serenity (which has quickly become "Mr. Serenity").

Garrett received the name Soryu, meaning Dauntless Dragon.

Sharon received the name Senjo, meaning Abundant River.

 

 

Visit from Kaz Tanahashi
Visit from Kaz Tanahashi
March 2

Kaz Tanahashi, the renowned calligrapher and translator of Zen Master Dogen, visited Great Vow for a weekend event. Kaz spent Friday morning talking about his translations of Master Dogen, and then spend the rest of Friday and Saturday teaching calligraphy. The photographs here are from a calligraphy performance he did on Saturday night.

Message from Kojun
Message from Kojun
January 29

Dear Sangha,

It is time for me to leave the area for awhile.  I'm doing this so that I might possibly become the kind of teacher I would like to be -- one who is aware of the world outside of the monastery, one who is not dependent on or fooled by their role and status, and, perhaps most importantly, one who follows their own heart with courage, as we all must.  Please learn more by watching one or both of the talks hosted recently at Great Vow and Heart of Wisdom, and feel free to ask any further questions that come up for you by contacting me directly.

Yours in the Dharma,
Dana Kojun Hull

--Click here to find links to Kojun's talks --

Jogen's Dharma Holder Ceremony
Jogen's Dharma Holder Ceremony
December 16

On December 16 Adam Jogen Salzberg, having completed five years of training as a novice priest, became a Zen priest. He was also made a Dharma Holder by his teachers and the Great Vow Abbots, Chozen and Hogen Bays.

Five Precepts Ceremony
Five Precepts Ceremony
December 12

On Wednesday, December 12, Kojun Hull gave the the Five Precepts to three Great Vow Residents. Pictured below, they are William, Drew and Rebecca. 

 

Jukai Ceremony - Muso
Jukai Ceremony - Muso
November 18

On November 18 Peter received Jukai from Hogen and Chozen Bays. He received the Dharma Name Muso meaning "no thought".

Taikan's Jukai Ceremony
Taikan's Jukai Ceremony
August 1

On Wednesday August 1st Bob received Jukai from Kojun Hull at Great Vow. Bob received the Dharma name Taikan meaning "Generous Peace". Taikan is a core member of the Finch sangha in Kennewick Washington with Jikei Eager. This was the first time for Kojun to give Jukai.

Taikan receiving his rokusu from KojunTaikan receiving his rokusu from Kojun

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