There will be two priest ordination ceremonies in the Buddha Hall at Arnold Park in October. You are invited to attend in-person or on Zoom.
On Saturday, October 8, at 10:30 a.m., Roshi will conduct the Ceremony of Becoming a Zen Priest for Dené Redding and Scott Redding.
On Sunday, October 23, at 3 p.m., Sensei Amala Wrightson, Spiritual Director of Auckland Zen Centre, will conduct the Ceremony of Becoming a Zen Priest for Kathryn Argetsinger and Jeanette Prince-Cherry.
Speaking on the significance of ordination in his article entitled “What Does It Mean To Be Ordained?” Zen Bow, Autumn 1978, Roshi Philip Kapleau writes:
…where authentic spiritual practice is carried on, with enlightenment as its heart, dedicated people ordained in Buddha’s Way have a vital and essential role of example and inspiration. They are members of a tradition as old as Buddhism itself, but grounded in practice and purified by authentic training. They ensure not so much that the tradition is perpetuated, but that it is a living expression of the awakening of Buddha and of the awakening of the countless numbers who have followed the Buddha’s Way.