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Preparing To Receive Jukai
Here are some reading materials to help you if you decide to receive Jukai.
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.
‘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.