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  • Emmet
    Member
    • Nov 2011
    • 296

    Juzu

    I sat (Burmese, as usual) zazen with my sangha Sunday; during the third round went and sat in daisan. When I arose, ; my "bad" knee went seriously bad, so I spent yesterday in a chair with my leg up on a pillow, or hobbling about on my cane. As I was convalescing, I took the opportunity to execute a project I've had in mind for a while; a Soto juzu.

    Emmet
  • Koshin
    Member
    • Feb 2012
    • 938

    #2
    Re: Juzu

    Beautiful Piobair.... but I am very ignorant ops: How do you use it??? How many beads does it have (I counted 113)??

    Gassho
    Thank you for your practice

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    • mark
      Member
      • Nov 2009
      • 31

      #3
      Re: Juzu

      Lovely work.

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      • Rich
        Member
        • Apr 2009
        • 2602

        #4
        Re: Juzu

        I also have knee problems but have seen dramatic improvement since taking Krill Oil. I recommend the Neptune brand. The 'experts' say their manufacturing process is more advanced.
        _/_
        Rich
        MUHYO
        無 (MU, Emptiness) and 氷 (HYO, Ice) ... Emptiness Ice ...

        https://instagram.com/notmovingmind

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        • Shokai
          Treeleaf Priest
          • Mar 2009
          • 6391

          #5
          Re: Juzu

          Emmet;
          I count 112, including 4 markers (smaller beads. That would be 108 counters and possibly 113; the main bead connecting to the tassle. Was this from a kit or do you select your own beads and go from scratch? As well, are these sandalwood beads?

          p.s. i just depend on exercise and massage to get my knees through the day but, putting them up and making a juzu sounds like an ok idea.

          p.p.s. more on Nenju / Juzu http://bit.ly/irJ2Z6
          合掌,生開
          gassho, Shokai

          仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

          "Open to life in a benevolent way"

          https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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          • Ryumon
            Member
            • Apr 2007
            • 1706

            #6
            Re: Juzu

            That is indeed very attractive.

            But, yes, how do you use it? And did this really help your knee? If so, I need one! :-)
            ---
            Ryūmon (Kirk)
            流文

            SAT/LAH

            I know nothing.

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            • Hans
              Member
              • Mar 2007
              • 1853

              #7
              Re: Juzu

              Hello,

              excellent work. It looks very nice...wish I wasn't so clumsy.

              All the best and gassho,

              Hans Chudo Mongen

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              • Jinyo
                Member
                • Jan 2012
                • 1957

                #8
                Re: Juzu

                Lovely - I do hope your knee heals soon.

                Gassho

                Willow

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                • Seimyo
                  Member
                  • Jan 2012
                  • 861

                  #9
                  Re: Juzu

                  Very nice. Almost looks like agate.

                  Yes, I'm interested to hear how they are used in context to our practice. When I first started a practice years ago, I used a sandalwood mala to count mantras. The smell alone was calming. I'm missing them now that I talk about it. :?

                  Gassho,
                  Chris

                  明 Seimyō (Christhatischris)

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                  • Dokan
                    Friend of Treeleaf
                    • Dec 2010
                    • 1222

                    #10
                    Re: Juzu

                    Originally posted by christhatischris
                    I'm interested to hear how they are used in context to our practice.
                    This has come up several times over the years:

                    viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2037&p=29037

                    and

                    viewtopic.php?f=1&t=60&p=508

                    and

                    viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4120&p=69028

                    Lots to read up on but of course Jundo's posts give the most information on the historical and practical aspects.

                    Gassho,

                    Dokan
                    We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
                    ~Anaïs Nin

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                    • Seimyo
                      Member
                      • Jan 2012
                      • 861

                      #11
                      Re: Juzu

                      Thanks Dokan, that was interesting.

                      Gassho,
                      Chris

                      明 Seimyō (Christhatischris)

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                      • Emmet
                        Member
                        • Nov 2011
                        • 296

                        #12
                        Re: Juzu

                        No, it's not a kit. It was a generic mala I bought on EBay and re-strung to meet my needs. It's a 108 bead sandalwood juzu with 4 spacer beads and one parent bead; strung with 3 strands. The tassel is a 4-part square braid (doubled) and finished with a Turks-head knot (back in the day I was pretty good at marlinspike seamanship). To the best of my knowledge the beads represent the 108 obstacles to practice, and the ring represents the Dharma, which encompasses them all, but I defer to Jundo's superior knowledge of the subject.
                        I will probably use it for counting repetitions; like metta (as one of my teachers once said; "That's not our practice.....(smile)...but it's a very good practice!"), or gathas I'm trying to memorize.
                        I found just the making of the juzu itself to be a good exercise in mindful attention and intention.
                        My knee's a bit better, although I suspect that ice, NSAIDs, elevation, and my blackthorn stick is somewhat more therapeutic in this case.
                        Emmet

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                        • Jundo
                          Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                          • Apr 2006
                          • 39459

                          #13
                          Re: Juzu

                          Originally posted by Piobair
                          To the best of my knowledge the beads represent the 108 obstacles to practice, and the ring represents the Dharma, which encompasses them all, but I defer to Jundo's superior knowledge of the subject.
                          The ring represents the ring. 8)

                          However, I am going to ask around the Soto Zen teachers network, as I do not know the traditional meaning of what the ring is said to represent. I shall report back.

                          Gassho, J
                          ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                          • Kyonin
                            Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
                            • Oct 2010
                            • 6742

                            #14
                            Re: Juzu

                            Nice work!

                            Too bad to hear about your knee. Hope it gets better soon.
                            Hondō Kyōnin
                            奔道 協忍

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                            • Jundo
                              Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                              • Apr 2006
                              • 39459

                              #15
                              Re: Juzu

                              Hi,

                              Let me report back on the mysterious metal ring found on the "Soto-shu" style Juzu (Mala).

                              First, I inquired of the many noted American Soto Zen Teachers of the SZBA and ... got a big zero (shaped much like the ring). Then, I called two Japanese priests who were also not sure. Finally, I telephoned to Ando ... the renowned "Hoiya" (literally, "Dharma Tailor") here in Japan, supplier of Kesa, Koromo, Incense and Juzu to all the finest temples in the Land of the Rising Sun. I received a very patient and long explanation that basically came down to ...

                              It represents Emptiness (not to be confused with a "zero" however!), crossing through the 108 virtues and defilements ...

                              ... and on a more practical level, it is a counter so one does not lose one's place as one is chanting down the beads (not a major Soto practice, but some do so). It is also found on the Joto (Pure Land) Juzu for that reason.

                              However, the gentleman has promised to mail me a more detailed, written explanation of all this ... and I will report back here if there is something more there.

                              I still am not sure if that is the right answer, but it is an answer ... and as good as any answer, I suppose. In fact, is that not how so many of our ancient Teachings began, with someone educated guessing, misreading, supposing, imagining or just making it up? If that is not the "traditional meaning" of the metal ring ... let it be so from now on!

                              Gassho, Jundo
                              ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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