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Palouse Zen Community

Inquiry into the Precepts

Here is a small collection of information to help guide the process of inquirying into the precepts and sewing a rakusu.

Here are three books recommended for study. All these books are in print.

  1. Robert Aitken's book 'The Mind of Clover'
  2. Reb Anderson's book 'Being Upright'
  3. John Loori's book 'The Heart of Being'

Jack Duffy Roshi recommends investigating each precept from three perspectives.
"I think it is essential to make separate and then enjoin the Hinayana (utterly relative: cause and effect), the Mahayana (compassion) and the Essential (absolute) when working with these precepts. Gives them, and you, a full and enlivened body!"

Audio Dharma Talks
Right click and Save to your computer before playing please.

Robert Aitken Roshi talks about the 10th Precept (12meg)

Rakusu Patterns

Three Treasures Pattern
Rakusu Pattern
Lots of garment patterns and descriptions including a Rakusu.

Instructional Guides

Tree Leaf Instructional Guide

Rakusu Rings

Source for Rakusu Rings

Sewing video with Blanche Hartman

Thanks to Sweeping Zen for the tip.