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Jukai ceremony coming up!
I belong to a small but committed Soto Zen group in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada). Our teacher was a monk for 30 yrs at the SFZC. His preferred method of teaching is to concentrate on seated and walking meditation. We do not incorporate much of the formal Zen business of bowing and prostrations etc (though I wouldn't mind, myself. I like that stuff). So imagine our surprise earlier this year to learn that 11 members of our group had independently confided to our teacher that they would like to take vows! Me included! This is a first time occurrence for the group. So, in the time tested Zen tradition, armed with unintelligible instructions, along with video instruction from the world's most patient monk, we set about to sew our own rakasu's. As the most, no the only, experienced sewer in the group, I took on the role of sewing teacher. They are pretty much all done now, including the envelopes, which I enjoyed making so much that I made several for the most sewing-challenged in the group. We are now starting to plan the actual ceremony, which will take place in the spring, with Norman Fisher officiating. Looking for a venue, making lists of who to invite, arranging billets for out of towners........ I am becoming awe struck. This is starting to feel like a really big deal!