Jukai - Ceremony: Taking refuge + receiving the precepts

In the life of a Zen practitioner, the ceremony of Jukai is a crucial step. It consists in receiving the precepts (Kai) of the Bodhisattva and, by doing so, of taking refuge in the three treasures: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha.

Important! These teachings on the theme of "Jukai" are open to all, even to people who have already done the ceremony or wish to do so later.

Informations about Jukai's ceremonies in 2023

Different rituals are associated with this ceremony, making the whole one particularly strong moment:

  • writing a letter to master Wang-Genh to express one’s wish to receive the precepts and describing one’s path.
  • having an individual conversation with the Jukai Master
  • symbolically cutting the first lock of hair during the ceremony
  • receiving a rakusu and an ordination name 
  • You can sew the rakusu yourself and bring it or buy it at the temple for a certain amount (please ask for the amount at the temple). These are sewn by older practitioners. For those who sew themselves, it is advisable to start sewing before jukai week, as the days are very busy during that week. Finishing is possible under the guidance of elders such as Anette Seigyo Beck and Walter Eko Krepulat.

Two days of teaching devoted to the precepts will precede the sesshin during which the various ceremonies will take place.

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For whom?

This ceremony is open to all who aspire to receive the sixteen precepts of the Bodhisattva.
If you haven’t hand-sewn the rakusu, you will be able to get it at the temple.

IMPORTANT: If you have already done the Jukai ceremony or if you wish to do it later, it is quite possible to come and attend the teachings.

DATES 2023

The jukai ceremony takes place twice per year, in January and July.

The next ceremony will take place from 13 to 16 July.

  • Arrival on the evening of Friday 7 July for all those wishing to receive the precepts.
  • Teachings on 9, 10 and 11 July.
  • Rest day on Wednesday 12 July. 
  • Sesshin from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 July - Jukai ceremony. 


Financial participation:

  • Full retreat: 265 € (182 € for students or jobseekers)
  • Sesshin from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 July: 177€ (135€ for students or unemployed).
  • Registration fee for the ceremony: 50
  • Please provide a donation (fuse) for the teacher

INFORMATION : The Community of Communes of Hanau La Petite Pierre has introduced a tourist tax on the territory to contribute to the development of tourism activities. This tourist tax is applicable from May 1st 2022 at a rate of 80 cents per person per night (to pay in addition to the sesshin).


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