Okesa Sewing – Fukudenkai

The Okesa Sewing Project – Fukudenkai

The Great Tree Sangha is currently sewing a 25-row okesa for our abbess Rev. Teijo Munnich to wear for her Mountain Seat Ceremony.  This is a major project that needs many skillful hands if it is to be completed in time for the ceremony.  The okesa is completely hand-sewn using a traditional rice field pattern.

Okesa sewing is an important Zen tradition.  If you are interested in learning more about the tradition of the kesa or just love hand sewing projects, join us on most Saturdays between 1:30pm and 4pm.  This is also an opportunity for those sewing rakusus in preparation for receiving the precepts (not necessarily at Great Tree) to sew with others or receive help.  Please note that some weekends the sewing meetings may be pre-empted by other schedule events.  Be sure to check the calendar for scheduled sewing dates.  Or call Great Tree at 828-645-2085 for more information.

For more information about the Okesa sewing tradition see links below:

Buddha’s Robe is Sewn by Jean Selkirk

Oneness With Every Stitch:  The Life of Tomoe Katagiri

Fukudenkai by Diane Riggs

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