Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly

The Way of Repentance

SINCE THE KAVANAUGH hearings last fall and the flood of painful stories that emerged across the country—both of harm and of people refusing to admit wrongdoing—I find myself thinking about the power of repentance ceremonies.

In the Soto Zen ceremony, we repent, take refuge, and recite the sixteen bodhisattva precepts, all reminders that every behavior of body, speech, and mind, can be beneficial—or not. The ceremony

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