Category Archives: Jukai / Precepts

‘Reflections on Rohatsu and Jukai’ by Clive Tenryu Lindley-Jones

Early on in George Eliot’s seminal Novel, Middlemarch, Dorothea says to her would-be husband, the dried-up scholar Mr. Casaubon: “I have longed for some great purpose in my life that would give it shape and meaning.” Looking at the sad struggles of our world and reflecting on this desire to have meaning in our lives, […]

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On the practice and making a Rakusu

I’ve had a pattern for a Rakusu for many years now; for as many years as I have been practising (on and off). I‘ve made a more determined effort to commit to this practice ever since my father passed away just over two years ago. He was someone who appreciated his life on a moment to moment basis. I never heard him complain about his life, and he’d had some pretty tough times growing up in Liverpool during the Second World War. He had no Zen training, and yet he was always appreciative of his life, a cup of tea, turning on a tap and having instant hot water; I remember him commenting on such simple acts and I would be puzzled; now I smile at such memories. He was always satisfied and contented with simple pleasures and always seemed to go with the flow of his life. I learned a lot from my dad.

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