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Getting ready for the Ojukai ceremonies

Ojukai is our school’s traditional ceremony through which the the precepts are transmitted to the four assemblies: monks, nuns, laymen and laywomen. It will take place for the first time in Kanshoji, June 1st – 5th, 2019. Several European sanghas will take part in this event, which is essential for the spread of Zen Buddhism in the West.

At the beginning of March, Master Dônin Minamisawa came from Japan for a three-day visit dedicated to the preparation of Ojukai. He was accompanied by a delegation of five experienced Japanese monks.

Despite his great age, he showed an innovative spirit, enlightening us to the profound meaning of these ceremonies while accepting the fact that the traditional Japanese form will be adapted to European culture.

Those three days spent together were dense and fruitful. The many work meetings were rich in exchanges and teaching. We have not only planned the various arrangements of facilities necessary to hold those great ceremonies at Kanshoji, finalised the schedule for the five days and defined most of the major responsibilities, but we also decided to translate most of the Ojukai-related texts and sutras into French and English. A great ‘construction site’ awaits the Abbot of Kanshoji!

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