Clare Mathias - Kōya Shōsei
Watercolors, Sumi-e Brush Painting, Haiku and Zen

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(posted on 22 Jul 2015)

Today saw the culmination of an amazing journey on my Jukai path. I finished this rakusu at lunchtime and have had such warm feelings of relief and accomplishment. There have been moments along the way when I was tempted to throw the whole project out of the window, when just one more jab of the needle in my fingers would be the final straw. But there were also moments of peace and quietude when the stitches seemed to flow into place effortlessly. I had time to reflect on the vows I am about to take in November, and realized that this whole process was the Precepts in action.