Shuso Hossen and New Shuso Installation

Hossen-114-zendo-600On January 30, 2016, Kei’un finished her year as shuso with a Hossen ceremony. She presented a verse from the “Litany of the Great Compassionate One” (part of Vespers), and invited all attending to question her about it.

Hossen-108-KeiunOm to the one who leaps beyond all fear…
Thy life is the completion of meaning;
It is pure, it is that which makes all beings victorious and cleanses the path of all existence.

After everyone who wished to ask questions had been answered, she finished with her own capping verse, was approved by her teacher Gyokuko, who then gave her own capping verse. Gratitude and congratulations to Kei’un, who has successfully completed a year of service as chief junior to the community. And thanks to everyone who came to witness this significant event.

Hossen-110-Ko-inThe first question was asked by the Benji, Ko’in, who a week later was installed as the shuso for 2016. She enters into this challenging position at a time of continuing transition in the sangha. We ask everyone to support her.