I was chosen to be a server for two of the meals which was a unique and cool experience as well. I fell somewhat ill, so I was unable to sit in every single sitting, but I was able to get my "fill."
The highlight of the weekend, of course, was the Jukai Ceremony.
|Setup before Ceremony|
I had been looking forward to this and taking the precepts pretty much all summer. It was strange going in the procession I felt almost "naked" in a sense.
I was surprised how many people were there. We had quite a handful there for Sesshin, but more and more people kept pouring in. After taking the vows though, I felt a definite renewal of practice and purpose. It was truly something I'll never forget. The following pictures (and captions) may better describe what ensued. :
|Formally asking for Ordination|
|Incense offering at one of the altars|
|Chanting the Heart Sutra|
|Receiving the Rakusu|
|Prostrations after The Vows|
|Bestowal of Lineage Papers|
|Shoken (the abbot) with Ordainees|