November 19, 2017 · Jukai Ceremony Six members of the SLO Zen Circle receive Jukai, in which they vow to keep the Sixteen Zen Bodhisattva Precepts, a form of Zen lay ordination
The six Jukai recipients, with Preceptor and Zen Priest Mark Shōgen Bloodgood and his wife Karla (center), following the Jukai ceremony
Mark Shōgen Bloodgood (front left), with honored guests Roshi Wendy Egyoku Nakao, Abbot and Head Teacher of the Zen Center of Los Angeles (front right), and Sensei Gary Koan Janka, Head Teacher and Officiating Priest of the Santa Barbara Zen Center (far right)
The San Luis Obisop Zen Circle sangha and guests gathered to celebrate the Jukai ceremony
December 10, 2016 Members of the SLO Zen Circle, with Zen Priest Mark Shōgen Bloodgood (center), following Rohatsu Sesshin at the Zen Center of Los Angeles and Shōgen's Denkai (Preceptor Empowerment)
Group photo following the closing of Rohatsu Sesshin at the Zen Center of Los Angeles and Shōgen's Denkai (Preceptor Empowerment), December 10, 2016
August 2016 Group selfie time with the SLO Zen Circle sangha in August 2016
October 2014 Members of the SLO Zen Circle, with coordinator and Zen Priest Mark Shōgen Bloodgood, pose for a group photo on October 26, 2014. These two photos were taken following Shōgen's Shusso Hossen or "Dharma Combat," which capped Shōgen's year as head student (Shuso) at The Zen Center of Los Angeles.
A group photo of the entire sangha at the Zen Center of Los Angeles, October 26, 2014, following Shōgen's Shuso Hossen
August 2012 Mark Shōgen Bloodgood receiving Zen Bodhisattva Priest Vows from Roshi Egyoku at the Zen Center of Los Angeles on August 12, 2012. Note the solemn expressions on the faces of those in attendance. Zen practice is very serious business!