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‘What to do if there’s no Zen group near you?’
Here’s a really useful guide written by Alasdair Taisen Gordon-Finlayson from the SWZ group in Northampton.
How to make a Rakusu
If you are to receive Jukai, you will be required to make a Rakusu. A Rakusu is an intricate and individual item and should be made with great mindfulness and without rushing in any way. Allow yourself plenty of time and enjoy the process.
It is very helpful to have a finished Rakusu in front of you while you work on it.
How to make a Zafu (sitting cushion)
This guide will allow you to make your own Zafu or sitting cushion.
Setting up an altar
This short guide shows how, in our tradition, an altar should be set up. The image used is an individual choice but is usually we use the Buddha or Avalokiteshvara. The water should be refreshed daily and fresh flowers are preferable.
‘A Time to Talk’ – support group in Liverpool
The group continues to meet once a month. If you think you might be interested in an opportunity to talk with other Sangha members, in confidence and in mutual support, about any issues you may be confronting, you’d be very welcome to come. In 2017, we’ll be meeting on the third Sunday of the month.
The attached leaflet gives more of an explanation and background. Dates and practical details are below.
‘A Time to Talk’ is open to all Stonewater Sangha members and will take place once per month on a Sunday afternoon. Regular attendance is ideal, as it allows trust to build in the group, but you are also welcome to come to the group just when you can. However, please contact Miranda in advance to confirm your attendance at each individual session so that we can monitor group numbers and let you know of any changes to the time/date or venue.
The structure is as follows:
- Arrive at 2:50pm for a 3:00pm start
- Offer incense and sit a short period of zazen (20 minutes)
- Group Session (90 minutes)
- Optional social time to share tea and biscuits and chat more informally (20-30 minutes)
The next group dates will be 15 January, 19 February and 19 March 2017
If you’d like to come, please email Miranda at: firstname.lastname@example.org