Rakusu 絡子

Harada Roshi today talked about the making of one's own Rakusu before receiving the precepts and becoming a direct disciple in the lineage of the Buddha. As a preparation for the ceremony, traditionally also in Rinzai Zen, the Rakusu is sewn, while reciting a mantra, a sutra or simply in deep mind. The Rakusu does not have to be sewn perfectly, yet filled with your vow and heartfelt energy.

The guiding words by the Roshi on the Jukai ceremony are here. 

Detailed pictures of the Rakusu making are posted here.

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