Jukai Ceremony at BZC

June 24, 2023

On June 11, at the end of a three-day sesshin at Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC), 16 members of our sangha formally received and acknowledged the Bodhisattva Precepts in a ceremony called Jukai. This was the first Jukai at BZC since 2019, after which the Covid pandemic brought us physically apart.

A sign of the resilience and aliveness of our sangha, the Jukai ceremony was the culmination of an engaged period of study and practice. Lay ordination is an opportunity for the ordinands to make a commitment to a life of vow. This is an ethical orientation, a ritual embodiment of teacher-student lineage going back to the Buddha, and a commitment to a particular spiritual community. Within our tradition, it is often articulated as resting our faith in Buddha, the Dharma (Buddhist teachings), and the Sangha (the Pali word for spiritual community).

During the ceremony, teachers and sangha members, as well as family and friends, gathered to support the ordinands and witness their vows.

Here are some images of that special day, by Reece Taylor Williams.