Shuso Hossen

Sunday, August 27th, 2017 @ 11 am.
Come to support Seijo as she completes her period as Head Trainee Sunday, Aug. 27th.

 

Shuso Hossen (or Head Trainee for lay practitioners) is a ceremonial rite-of-passage marking a practitioner’s becoming a senior student. It takes place at the conclusion of the intensive training period of ango—a 90-day meditation intensive– during which the student serves as a model to the sangha or community.

During the ceremony the Head Trainee– currently Jill Seijo Schlesinger –gives his/her first Dharma talk, and takes questions from the community, engaging in dharma combat to test the understanding of a koan he/she has been working on for the duration of the ango.

Please read Seijo’s Koan below and bring a question for dharma combat:

Main Case:
Attention! One day Enkan summoned his attendant and told him, “Go out and fetch the rhinoceros-horn fan.” The attendant replied, “The fan is broken.” Enkan said, “If the fan is broken, bring me back the rhinoceros.” The attendant made no reply.
Later, commenting on this case, Shifuku drew a circle and wrote within it the character for “ox.”

Appreciatory Verse:
Break the fan and look for the rhinoceros.
The word within the circle has prior significance.
Who knows the thousand years’ darkness of the new moon?
It subtly turns into autumn’s harvest moon.

The event is a celebratory conclusion to the ango, a right of passage for the shuso, and a deeply moving and empowering experience for the community.

Come to support Seijo as she completes her period as Head Trainee Sunday, Aug. 27th. The ceremony starts at 11:00 am. Feel free to join us for our usual Sunday morning program at 9:30.  Celebratory refreshments to follow.