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AFFIRMATION DAY 2007

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The Affirmation Ceremony or the Kikyoshiki is unique to Shin Buddhism only. It is a form of personal religious confirmation, in which the participant publicly acknowledges his/her orientation and commitment to the Three Jewels and the Pure Land path of Shinran Shonin and the recognition of the working of Great Compassion (Other Power) in their lives.

 

Below are the students of the Buddhism 101 course who studied a full variety of texts and attended classes for a six month period. Upon completion of all requirements, on July 1, 2007, a Graduation and Affirmation Ceremony was conducted, in which the Affirmees formally committed themselves to the Three Jewels, Bodhisattva Vows, the Five Precepts and the Shin path. The Affirmees received dharma certificates and were inducted into our community  Two officers of the Board of Directors conducted the ceremony: the President GR Lewis and Vice-President J. Zyzeski. Each new Affirmee received an green BFF okesa as a symbol of their dedication to faith and practice.

Buddhist ceremony in Connecticut
Affirmation Ceremony in Middletown 2007

Affirmation Ceremony
Receiving the okesa from members of Board of Directors

Becoming a Buddhist
Taking Refuge, Bodhisattva Vow and the Precepts

Buddhist committment to faith and practice
Buddhist committment to faith and practice

deeply bowing to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha
prostrating before the Buddha, Dharma, Sangha and the Primal Vow