Ojukai – receive the precepts

From the 1 st to the 5 th of June, the Kanshoji monastery will hold OJUKAI, a traditional Sôtô Zen ceremony during which Buddhist precepts are received.

This grand ceremony is proposed to lay people who do not practice zazen meditation but who could be helped by the values of Buddhism.

It is also offered to those who have already received the Buddhist precepts (bodhisattvas, monks and nuns) and who wish to renew them, which it is possible to do several times in a lifetime.

Dônin Minamisawa Roshi, vice-abbot of the great temple of Eiheiji in Japan and founder of the monastery of Kanshoji, will lead these ceremonies. He will be accompanied by a delegation of Japanese monks, but for the first time, European masters will assume the functions during this event..

These grand ceremonies, which will last five days, gradually and inevitably lead all practitioners, however much of a beginner they may be, to access the world of Buddha.

For example, during a night ceremony, the kaitei[1] climb onto the altar and take the place of Buddha, while the old masters solemnly turn around them, reciting mantras of wisdom and compassion. To live this moment in profound contemplation, enveloped by the silence of the night and the benevolence of the monks, touches the heart of every kaitei deeply and forever.

We will also receive teachings from the Abbot of Kanshoji and from various European teachers.

Fixed fare: 350 €

If you wish to receive the Buddhist precepts on this occasion, you can now register at Kanshoji Monastery: secretariat@kanshoji.org.

Registration will be closed in early May 2019 and no more than 50 kaitei can be accommodated.

[1] Kaitei : those who will receive the precepts.

Call for donations for the realisation of this event


Perhaps you are reluctant to give to the monastery, when you are not familiar with the practice of Zen Buddhism.
That is why, starting from a donation of 100 €, we offer you to stay three days free of charge at the monastery, during which you can live the life of the monks and nuns and discover our practice.