Waking Up

Arthur J. Magida

in Opening the Doors of Wonder

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245457
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941717 | DOI:
Waking Up

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This chapter traces the Buddhist initiation ceremony of jukai and encapsulates Buddhism's core teachings of awareness, which sometimes instills jitteriness in initiates. People need to have a keener sense of the enormousness of their undertaking. Too often, kids comprehend little about these ceremonies, often doing them to placate parents and clergy and not be the oddball in their circle of friends. But also, since Zen cultivates an awareness of everything, then someone really ready for jukai is very aware, or should be aware of personal anxieties and fears and reservations. Zen students and teachers wait for the right moment for jukai, a moment when readiness, awareness, and more than a little wisdom come together, when everything is as right as Buddha's Eightfold Path—right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.

Keywords: Buddhist initiation ceremony; jukai; sense of enormousness; Zen; Buddha's Eightfold Path

Chapter.  1777 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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