From 31 July to 6 August (arrival on 30 July)
Only those who receive the precepts in the next session (“Receiving the precepts”, 8-13 August) can participate in this workshop.
The sewing workshop ends on 6 August after lunch. It is possible to arrive between 30 July and 3 August.
The kesa is the Buddha’s garment. Originally, Shakyamuni Buddha collected old rags, washed and dyed them with earth – kesa means “earth colour” -, assembled them meticulously point by point, and then put them on.
The kesa has since been passed on from master to disciple.
The sewing of the kesa follows very precise rules derived from tradition.
You generally sew it yourself, under the guidance of a teacher, in great concentration, which comes from the mind of zazen.