Sunday, September 28, 2008


For the very first time, a guide to sewing the rakusu is now available on internet thanks to Jundo Cohen and his treeleaf sangha. Eight videos have been released on Google video. These videos are far from being perfect, they express my  thirty years devotion to the kesa. 


Blogger Dirk said...

Thank you for all your efforts! The videos are wonderful and guidance along the way, invaluable.

Gassho, Dirk

4:26 PM  
Blogger Pierre Turlur said...

Deep deep bows to you Dirk, you are maybe the first to have completed a whole rakusu receiving on line intructions from a fool like me...
You are invaluable.
The real thing is beyond value, praise or blame!
Thank you.

6:25 AM  
Blogger Dirk said...

Im writing to let you know that I have been reading up on and I have become very interested in sewing. Which is quite odd since I am not "good" at sewing.

I would like to sew Kesa and I have been trying to working out the measurements using your very helpful blog - oh and reading about the Kesa too, I just finished reading Master Dogen's Kesa Kudoku in the Shobogenzo.

So after much reading i did some measuring and I know my nobechu is about 47cm so the size of the Kesa would be 226cm/136cm. I am along ways from sewing anything, I am just hoping to get my head around things :) Thank you again for your guidance with our Rakusu stitching and if at all possible I humbly ask if I may contact you from time to time for guidance.

Gassho, Dirk

5:28 AM  
Blogger Pierre Turlur said...

You are welcome Dirk...
Although I am not worth it, I am a great lover of the kesa.
Thank you for joining us on tis path.

Take great care

Kuma Taigu
Big stupid bear

5:32 AM  
Blogger Rev. Yin Zhi Shakya, OHY said...

Dear Friends:
The Guide for sewing the rakusu on line is excellent! It would be great to have A GUIDE FOR SEWING THE KESA ON LINE [measurements, and procedures]. Then, with your permission, if could it be feasible, I will be able to translate it into Spanish and post it in our WebPages: to give the opportunity to the Buddhist Spanish-speaking readers around the world to participate in doing so. Thanks in advance if this would be possible.
Rev. Yin Zhi Shakya, OHY

7:59 AM  
Blogger three said...

Thank you for posting the videos; I am just beginning. I am puzzled about the measurements yet I am sure it will come slowly and gently. I am wondering about the calligraphy on the back. I would like to make a Rakusu as a practice of respect for a teacher and offer it to him. I am wondering what to do, when the time comes, about the calligraphy.
I hope we can correspond.
Sincerely, Jane

12:14 PM  
Blogger Pierre Turlur said...

Hi Jane,

For the calligraphy on the silk, you simply need to meet a teacher, take the precepts and start a steady and regular practice.
Dos this answer your question?



5:10 PM  

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