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Why are people given a dharma name at a Jukai ceremony? Does it refer to a deep quality of the practitioner or does it point to something that has to be developed more?

A lay ordination is only being given according to someone´s wish, because it is the expression of commitment for a life time to follow the path of the Buddha. Taking this deep wish as most important, the name is chosen according to the deepest inherent wisdom. The person receiving Jukai having this deep wish, that is why we call them by that new name. Life is about polishing your wisdom, that is all we need to deepen in and strengthen.

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