This special set includes a set of oryoki bowls and the DVD Oryoki: Master Dogen's Instructions for a Miraculous Occasion. The DVD offers step-by-step instructions for oryoki, the ceremonial silent meal taken at Zen monasteries during intensive meditation retreats. Filmed at the Zen Mountain Monastery, with commentary by John Daido Loori, Roshi. This DVD is ideal for beginners, and offers insight to experienced practitioners.
This is for the Mango Wood set. Bowls: Good quality. Feel nice in the hand. Definitely on the smaller side, however. If you're big or have big paws, this may seem like a child's set. If you're used to the monastic style of eating (not necessarily oryoki), this is not an issue. I'll be gladly bringing these to the monastery I attend. Utensils: Again, if you have big hands, the chopsticks are very small -- beautiful, but small. The spoon is about the right size. The spatula, I'll be making a cover for it so that it doesn't scrape up the inner finish of the bowls. Linens: Overall, good fabric. Feels a smidgen cheap, but being a quilter may be coloring that statement. The packet for the utensils is good, but the other two are, admittedly, oddly sized at best. While one is clearly supposed to be the drying cloth, this fabric is not intended to be used that way -- a terry would be better suited, or even microfiber if you want to spoil (respect, even?) this set. DVD: Informative. My copy did skip and mess up a few times, however. At the end, mine froze up all together. Overall: For the cost, you're paying for the bowls. I'll be making a lap cloth and drying cloth. I'll probably purchase a new set of chopsticks or utensils as well but that is low on the priority list since they are usable. If that happens, I may make a utensil packet as well. (Because I enjoy to sew, I may just remake everything just for fun!:-D ) Though it may sound like I am disappointed, far from it. :-) Just want to provide an honest review. For reference, the height of my paw is 8 inches from wrist to tip of middle finger, width (stretched) from thumb tip to pinky tip is 8 inches as well.
High quality, well made, wooden bowls and utensils and linens. The DVD was well done, excellent introduction to oryoki