On Sunday December 8th, at the completion of a vital Rohatsu Sesshin, Amy Kisei Costenbader and Danney Soten Lynch, before a Sangha gathering of seventy people including their parents , recieved Tokudo, Novice Priest's ordination.
L to R Kisei Costenbader and Soten Lynch
In addition to the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts, the ordainee's took the following Life Vows:
I vow to walk the path of the Buddha, living an ethical life and becoming enlightened.
I vow to study the Dharma; working to understand the true nature of everyone and everything I encounter.
I vow to help the Sangha, practicing generosity with all my resources.
I vow to undertake a life of simplicity, living with few personal possesions.
I vow to undertake a life of service, working to nurture people's deepest aspirations.
I vow to undertake a life of stability, honoring my comittments by being patient, tolerant, and steadfast in practice and relationships.
For Five Years:
I vow to follow my teacher's direct guidance.
I vow to live at and support Great Vow Zen Monastery.
I vow to serve Zen Community of Oregon, Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple and other local communities.
Thank you Kisei and Soten for your inspiring comittments!
ZCO and guest Ordained group