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Annual Newsletter • January 2017
Buddhist Temple of Toledo opens Seminary
Jay Rinsen Weik Sensei, Abbot of the Great Heartland Sangha, and Karen Do’on Weik Osho will announce their first-ever class of postulants at Sunday service on March 5. Five postulants will be acknowledged as a part of the Ango Opening Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at Buddhist Temple of Toledo (6537 Angola Road Holland, Ohio 43528).
This service will mark the beginning of a public discernment period, whereby each postulant will determine her or his resonance with an ordained, religious life with the Dharma. The discernment period will culminate with a public confirmation ceremony on Sunday, December 10 at 10:30 a.m., at which time they will become novitiates. The next and final step of this process would be ordination as Zen Buddhist Priests.
The students who are part of this inaugural seminary class have received the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts, are formal students of Rinsen Sensei and Do’on Osho and have participated in a minimum of 70 days of Sesshin, an essential part of Zen training that focuses on intensive meditation practice and Koan study.
“There is no requirement nor expectation for anyone; the seminary is now a feature of our Sangha and will be available in the years and decades to come,” explained Jay Rinsen Weik Sensei. “We are pleased to see five of our Sangha members take advantage of this new offering. It’s a boon to our entire community to have this available to each of them as well as to benefit from having their fellow Sangha members complete this process that will deepen their service to our community.”
Annual Newsletter • January 2016
Mountain Seat Ceremony
The Mountain Seat Ceremony, held on April 19, 2015, installed Rinsen Sensei as the Founding Abbot of the Great Heartland Sangha and Buddhist Temple of Toledo.
Deep bows to the many Sangha Members whose generous donations made this ceremony a success.
Photos of the event may be found at this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shishinlionheart/sets/72157652000359116/