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I was just looking through Flickr for pictures of rakusu. (A rakusu is a bib-like square of hand-sewn cloth panels worn by Zen Buddhists who have taken the Precepts. More on why in another post that sums up this past week of vacation, although I'm ahead of myself on the rakusu!), and I found a couple of things I want to share.

The back of a rakusu is white cloth, and during jukai -- the ceremony of taking the precepts -- the practicioner's teacher will write the student's Dharma name, and occasionally their lineage and often an inspiring commentary from one of the Patriarchs.

Anyhow, with that out of the way, this caught my eye:

The commentary there is Dogen's, and it reads:
The whole moon and entire sky are reflected in dewdrops on the grass, or even in one drop of water.

You cannot hinder enlightenment, just as a drop of water does not hinder the moon in the sky.
The owner of that rakusu is Renshin Bunce and she has more of her rakusu on Flickr too.

And looking for rakusu got me to this page about sewing a rakusu, and there's a quote on there I wanted to record for posterity:
The most important part to remember at each moment is that, as we move ahead step-by-step, there is no where to ‘get to’, no where else we can be, nothing ultimately to achieve, no goal in all our hard work … all is just “as-it-is”.
Yes! Sitting is sitting, sewing the rakusu is sewing the rakusu, cleaning the kitchen is cleaning the kitchen.