Jukai: Receiving the Precepts
Every two years Rev. Munnich offers the Precepts to members of the Sangha during a ceremony in April of that year. In preparation for receiving the precepts participants must complete a rakusu (a small Buddha robe) which will be presented to them along with lineage papers during the April ceremony.
The Rakusu Sewing Retreat is usually scheduled in January and is mandatory for those taking the precepts in April. This offers instruction in the construction of a Rakusu.
If you are interested in receiving the precepts and sewing a Rakusu contact Rev. Munnich before the next sewing retreat to state your intention.
If you are unable to pay the full fee for a sesshin or a practice event, please contact the registrar at 828-645-2085. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay but we do ask that you consider a donation of as much as you can afford to help us continue offering this program to everyone.
The Okesa Sewing Project – Fukudenkai
The Great Tree Sangha is currently sewing a 25 row okesa for our abbess Rev. Teijo Munnich to wear for her Mountain Seat Ceremony. This is a major project that needs many skillful hands if it is to be completed in time for the ceremony. The okesa is completely hand-sewn using a traditional rice field pattern.
Okesa sewing is an important Zen tradition. If you are interested in learning more about the tradition of the kesa or just love hand sewing projects, join us on most Saturdays between 1:30pm and 4pm. This is also an opportunity for those sewing rakusus in preparation for receiving the precepts (not necessarily at Great Tree) to sew with others or receive help. Please note that some weekends the sewing meetings may be pre-empted by other schedule events.
Or call Great Tree at 828-645-2085 for more information.
For more information about the Okesa sewing tradition see links below:
Buddha’s Robe is Sewn by Jean Selkirk
Fukudenkai by Diane Riggs