Now that my ordination has come and gone, it’s hard to know where to begin in describing the event itself. It was one of the most special days of my life, in the echelon of my son being born, my wedding day, and the day I received my black belt. Continue reading Becoming a Zen Priest, Part Four
This article was originally published on the Red Rocks Zen Circle website on November 30, 2013.
I finished my massive sewing project yesterday. The okesa was finished a couple weeks ago, and since then I have been laboring away on the zagu, a bowing cloth that accompanies the okesa and keeps it from touching the ground when a Zen priest does his or her prostrations. The zagu, while a serious undertaking Continue reading Becoming a Zen Priest, Part Three
This article was originally published on the Red Rocks Zen Circle website on November 3, 2013.
The date for my Tokudo (priest ordination) has been set. It will take place on Monday, December 2, during Rohatsu Sesshin at Prajna Zendo just outside Santa Fe. This sesshin (retreat) celebrates Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment, which is recognized on December 8th of each year, on Bodhi (Awakened) Day. Continue reading Becoming a Zen Priest, Part Two
This article was originally published on the Red Rocks Zen Circle website on October 24, 2013.
My ordination as a Zen priest will take place during the Rohatsu Sesshin at Prajna Zendo in December. Since this decision was made, I have been hard at work sewing my okesa, the outer robe worn by all priests which represents a rice field, or the field of enlightenment. It is the robe named in the Verse of the Kesa, recited daily at Zen centers around the world, which states: Continue reading Becoming a Zen Priest, Part One
I was asked by one of our new members to talk a bit about the history of Zen in this country. While I feel somewhat ill-prepared for such a task, between the Internet, what knowledge I’ve collected over the years, and a handful of books I had handy, I was able to compile what I hope is a reasonable introduction. Continue reading Zen in America: 1893 to Present Day