Katy and Jordan received the precepts surrounded by mountains, ocean, and the good earth among their parents and sangha friends.
Our July visit occurred in the middle of Obon, a time to remember and honor those who have died.
“Just as you accepted your painful legs [during sesshin], you accept difficult everyday life.”
The important thing is to say “Hai!” or “Yes, I will!” In this way, without having ideas about helping, “Just to be with people will be enough.”
“I found my path by continuing to cultivate the tender growing edge of my practice.”
Sukey loves the land at Green Gulch Farm and feels lucky to have known this piece of land for so long—how it changes, and how it changes her.
“Dharma is the thing to which every one of us have been striving for, and will strive for. It is not only you, but all the patriarch and sages.”
Jiryu Rutschman-Byler offered the precepts to two people in a jukai/lay initiation ceremony at Green Gulch Farm on June 5.
“[T]he first principle is, you know, the principle which is—which you cannot talk about. And which we transmit … from master to master.”