The Leadership Of The Santa Cruz Zen Center

Jukai: Receiving the Precepts, Bodhisattva Initiation Ceremony

Altar at SCZC

Jukai ("Receiving the Precepts") is a formal ceremony where participants publicly take refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, and affirm their intention to live ethically and with awareness, in accord with the Bodhisattva Precepts of the Zen tradition. After requesting to receive the precepts from one of the senior teachers (Kokyo, Patrick, or Gene) during the next half year or more students, with the help of a sewing teacher, sew a rakusu (a small version of Buddha's robe) which will be given in the ceremony.They will also meet with their teacher in practice

discussion (dokusan) twice a month to explore the meaning of living with the precepts. A donation for the ceremony is requested. Jukai students will have participated in the practice at Santa Cruz Zen Center for at least one year, and done at least one sesshin of 3 days or more, before requesting to receive the precepts. After receiving the precepts, people will be expected to participate in the ongoing practice at Zen Center, including zazen, ceremonies, Practice Periods, dokusan, filling doan roles, etc.