INKA JUNE 17, 2016

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The Morningstar Zen Sangha traveled with Sanchi Reta to Dai Bosatsu Zendo (DBZ) in the Catskill Mountains for the annual Hollow Bones Sesshin, June 11-18, 2016. The sesshin was attended by more than 60 participants and supported by the DBZ residents. (Our time at DBZ was soon followed by the 40th Anniversary dedication of the monastery, celebrating the role that Dai Bosatsu has played in the training of countless individuals and in the extraordinary offering unto Zen Buddhism in this country.)

On Friday, June 17, Sanchi Reta was granted INKA SHOMEI in the time-honored ceremony and declaration offered by Roshi Junpo Denis Kelly. Roshi Sanchi Reta is the 84th Dharma Heir in this thread of Rinzai Zen Lineage. She began her Zen studies at DBZ in the mid 80’s and received full nun ordination from Eido roshi in 1992. “The Dance” with Junpo roshi and Sanchi Reta Roshi will long be remembered by all in attendance and most surely offered a moment of pure delight in the Revelation of Transmission.


TAKING REFUGE 2015: BLUE PEARL MARGARET CLOUGH

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JUKAI:  LAY ORDINATION,   May 17, 2015

The Morningstar Zen Center offered the ceremony of JUKAI: Lay Ordination Vows, on May 17, 2015. Junpo Denis Kelly roshi offered a rousing opening talk and was followed by the taking of the Vows by nine of the Morningstar Sangha. Families and friends came together in full support and blessing of this ceremony, and most surely the bells will be ringing for some time to come!   We all left having sat at the grand feast of the Bodhisattvas!

(back row) Ji An Ann Joslyn, Shungetsu Denise Townsend, Junpo Denis Kelly roshi, Sanchi Reta Lawler, Kosho Sally Ray, Seiko Linda Ximines, Suigen Zita Xavier, Judo Cliff Clusin roshi, (second row), Gyo Shin Maria Bailey, Kakumyo Cheryl Hamilton, Tsung-chih Sheri Coldwell, Kokan Cynthia Lovin, (third row) Karen Horan, Anna Chitty, and Curtis Ramsay.

(back row) Ji An Ann Joslyn, Shungetsu Denise Townsend, Junpo Denis Kelly roshi, Sanchi Reta Lawler, Kosho Sally Ray, Seiko Linda Ximines, Suigen Zita Xavier, Judo Cliff Clusin roshi, (second row), Gyo Shin Maria Bailey, Kakumyo Cheryl Hamilton, Tsung-chih Sheri Coldwell, Kokan Cynthia Lovin, (third row) Karen Horan, Anna Chitty, and Curtis Ramsay.