The kesa, originally the Buddha’s garment, symbolises transmission. We receive it during the Way-entering ceremony and when we are ordained a monk or nun.
Kesa sewing follows very strict rules, dating back to Buddha’s time. Generally, we sew it ourselves during sewing sessions.
It is a group practice which requires silence and concentration.
At Kanshoji, we sew during weekends devoted to this practice, as well as during monthly retreats (sesshin). Sewing is also part of our regular activities at the monastery