The Roshi is here holding Joe's rakusu and is about to present it to him to wear for the first time. Roshi is telling about the significance of the Rakusu and the significance of Joe's Dharma name, Tennen ("Natural"). Roshi explained that a dharma name is something "to grow into," and is drawn from one's aspiration. Part of the wood ring with several knots in it which Joe made on his lathe is visible, and is of Palo Verde, a desert timber Joe collected in Tucson. The white cloth obverse of the rakusu is facing forward, and some of the black calligraphy on the white cloth is visible, although the rakusu is still largely bunched together in the Roshi's hands. The fellow behind Joe and nearer to the camera than Joe is holding a red rose; he is Brad Stroup.
Joe puts on the rakusu for the first time. Mostly you can't see the rakusu here, but perhaps just its straps. The golden Bodhisattva Scarf stands out, however. Behind Joe is a woman who wears a rakusu with a wood ring that has been painted with many colorful dots. She is Pamela Hartman.
Pat Hawk Roshi and Joe after Joe's Jukai ceremony.
A group picture of the attendees of the sesshin, April 10-15 in Tucson, after which Joe took Jukai. This photo was taken after the ceremony, and Joe is here wearing the rakusu.