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Becoming a Zen Priest, Part Three

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

Becoming a Zen Priest, Part Two

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

Becoming a Zen Priest, Part One

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