In this sesshin we deeply practice zazen and devote the samu time to the sewing of kesa. The kesa is the robe given by the Buddha to his disciples. It is the skin of zazen, it expresses freedom of spirit, the dignity of the posture, happiness without bonds. Through a transformative process, the Buddha’s disciples collected cloths that nobody wanted, the lowliest and dirtiest: rags gnawed by rats, clothes used to cover corpses or soiled by menstrual blood. They washed them carefully, dyed them to an earth-tone coloration and joined the pieces to assemble a robe whose construction evokes the rice fields. Kesa became the garment of the Buddha’s Sangha, who had them as their only posession toghether with the alms bowl. In Buddhism the Kesa is the sole object of veneration; it has been transmitted from generation to generation within the lineage and our School has given it protection.
Its making is a practice of concentration and patience every instant in each point; through which we can transform and integrate our own rags into a robe of happiness and simplicity.
The sesshin will be lead by Master Barbara Kosen, who from time inmemorial has devoted herself to deepen the study through the practice of zazen and kesa sewing.
Attendants should arrive on the evening of June 15, Friday.
The price is € 60. Non members of the Asociación Zen Taisen Deshimaru should pay an additional amount of € 20 as membership registration fee that covers one year.
Those not having previous experience in zazen or kesa sewing please consult before inscribing.
Inscriptions: firstname.lastname@example.org / 606 907 230 / 635 574 436