April 27, 2022
Jukai Ceremony at City Center April 23
Jukai participants

Yunnie Tsao Snyder, Keiryu Lien Shutt, Peter Thai, and Christina De La Cruz. Photo by Deborah Svoboda.

Congratulations to three initiates who received the precepts in a ceremony at SFZC’s City Center on April 23. The preceptor was Keiryu Lien Shutt, supported by co-preceptor Tenzen David Zimmerman, City Center’s Abiding Abbot. Receiving the precepts were Christina De La Cruz – Kishin Shinai / Spirited Heart-mind, Returns Home; Peter Thai – Eido Anshin / Hero’s Truth, Easeful Heart-Mind; and Yunnie Tsao Snyder – Jigei Kangyo / Healing Art, Generous Action. Their ceremony was delayed since 2020 due to the pandemic, and thus was especially joyous. It is also noteworthy that this is the first all Asian American onsite jukai at San Francisco Zen Center.

Attendees, participants, and the temple staff came together to celebrate this lay ordination, happy to be able to meet in person, even while masked, and to enjoy the reception, briefly unmasking for photos and refreshments.


David and Lien

Tenzen David Zimmerman and Keiryu Lien Shutt during the ceremony in the City Center Buddha Hall. Photo by Deborah Svoboda.

Yunnie, Tim, Christina, Peter

Yunnie Tsao Snyder, Tim Wicks (SFZC’s sewing teacher), Christina De La Cruz, and Peter Thai. Photo by Deborah Svoboda.

Victoria and Lien

Shosan Victoria Austin with Keiryu Lien Shutt. Photo by Deborah Svoboda.