Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Zen Mountain Monastery, Mt Tremper, New York 8/20/2023
“…A Day for Turning Cartwheels…” (Master Dogen)
Shugen Roshi officiates the Novice Monastic Ordination ceremony for Julia Jiryu Krupa; a joyful occasion – both a home-leaving and a homecoming – that Master Dogen described as “a day for turning cartwheels.” Jiryu is currently the Monastery’s Work Supervisor. She became a formal student in 2010, received the Bodhisattva Precepts, and her dharma name Jiryu, in 2019 and became a Postulant in 2021. Today she receives the robe of a monastic and provisionally takes on the five monastic vows. Those vows being simplicity, service, selflessness, stability, and “to live the Buddha Way.” In this new context she will continue her discernment and exploration and training for the role of a full monastic before choosing to ask for full ordination.