Rakusu

illustration of a rakusu being washed

Magazine Personal Reflections

The Buddha’s Robe

I am sewing my first rakusu—the rectangular bib-like garment that is worn by Zen Buddhists. It is formally conferred during jukai, the ceremo­ny of taking refuge in the Buddha and receiving the precepts. Unlike many people I know, I have never wanted a rakusu. I do have a narrow black doth band (a wagesa) that […]

By Noelle Oxenhandler
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