Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tan and Cho

I've finally started putting thread to fabric for my rakusu. Tan and Cho (the large and small bits of the rakusu rice field) are coming together nicely. But, my rag is old jeans and I've only done the first joining seam on each. I dread the "turn over" when I have to do the exposed seam through 3 layers of denim.

I enjoy the practice of trying to get each stitch correct but then having to accept what occurs actually.

I achieved a very un-impressive goal-filled goal today. I actually have three home-sits in a row at 30min. Haven't done 3 30's since Septembers sesshin. Found I really did not like getting up to do it this morning. Resented this silly buddism practice I'm doing for cutting into snooze time and family time. Wondering if I'm really up for this....but sat anyway.

Kind of realised how shukke is relevent even if you don't leave your house.

Cheers,

4 comments:

Jordan said...

Kind of realised how shukke is relevent even if you don't leave your house.

Yeah, it can be like that.

Thanks for the update on your practice.

Are you going to have the sewing done in time for your ceremony?

Lauren said...

Jordan,

I hope to be done, but I'm not certain yet. I've been running contingencies in my head. One is - if I'm not done, then I will delay jukai and any "tokens" sent by Dharma friends will be enshrined for the next jukai opportunity. Or I mail cave and buy a rasuku (don't really like this one). Or see if I can get my stamps etc... if I promise to incorporate the fabric into a rasuku just as soon as I can (that feels kinda lame).

I'll keep you posted on progress. I appreciate the specific support people are giving me towards this jukai and I feel quite some responsibility to get my rasuku completed in time, even if it involves some late night sewing hours.

Uku said...

Lauren,

thank you for letting us know how is your preparations going. Your efforts are so inspiring, thank you very much.

Wondering if I'm really up for this....but sat anyway.

I think what you did is very important. To sit anyway. ;)

Thank you very much, Lauren! Looking forward to read your post about your Jukai and preparations! Maybe you can share some pictures in some point? Your rakusu sounds nice. :)

All the best, Dharmabro.

Lauren said...

Will do, Juku. Thanks for your support and practice and stories of your trip to Japan.