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Kesa Sewing

Kesa Sewing 22-24 July

One of the traditional practices of Soto Zen Buddhism is the sewing of the Kesa, a garment identical to the one worn by Shakyamuni Buddha 2500 years ago. He had gathered pieces of cloth from various sources to form a long robe and cover his body. This tradition has been passed down from master to disciple through the ages in a spirit of simplicity and deep faith.

The kesa exists in a smaller version, the rakusu: worn on a daily basis, it reminds practitioners of their commitment to the Zen path. 

During the sewing weekends, everybody has the possibility to learn the rules for assembling these garments, to discover a peaceful and concentrated form of work and to develop qualities of patience and perseverance. Each stitch like a grain of rice, the work like a rice field, and the teaching of the monks and nuns like the water irrigating the whole.
The necessary materials will be at your disposal: black cloth, needles, thread, silk, etc.

The course will take place from 22nd to 24th of June. Arrival is on Thursday evening (meal at 8:00pm). Departure is after lunch on the last day. 

We continue to ensure health safety at the temple.

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The sewing teachers during this weekend have deeply studied the sewing of the kesa. They received this teaching from older monks and nuns who guided them so that they can now pass it on themselves. 

RATES

(Teaching, accommodation and meals included)

  • Full retreat: 198 € (123 € for students and job seekers) 
  • Bed sheet rental: 6 €
  • To participate in the activities of the monastery, you must be a member of the Association of the Zen Temple of Weiterswiller. Annual fee: 15 €. 

INFORMATION : The Community of Communes of Hanau La Petite Pierre has introduced a tourist tax on the territory to contribute to the development of tourism activities. This tourist tax is applicable from May 1st 2022 at a rate of 75 cents per person per night (to pay in addition to the sesshin).

In order to register please write an email to

info@meditation-zen.org

 

TO BRING

  • For meditation (zazen): kimono OR comfortable dark clothes for the practice. If you have a zafu (black or brown meditation cushion), you can bring it. 
  • For meals: bowl + spoon + fork + a large dark napkin to wrap the bowl + a small white handkerchief-type napkin
  • For the beds: single duvet cover + single fitted sheet + pillowcase - sleeping bags are not allowed. 
  • For everyday use: shoes and work clothes, sandals or flip-flops (easy to remove), slippers for indoors 
  • It is possible to borrow certain items on site. 
  • Sheets rental : 6 €
  • Please bring biodegradable hygiene products. 
  • Possibility to borrow some items on site. 
  • Some items are for sale at the temple store. 

Please note: mobile phones must be completely switched off in the monastery. It is possible to make phone calls in the car parks. 

 

ACCESS

By train
If you'll arrive at Ingwiller station, please coordinate your arrival with the office.

info@meditation-zen.org

03 88 89 26 02 (Tuesday to Sunday, 9.30am-12pm).

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