One of the last things I ever wanted to do was to sew my own Rakusu or Kesa. I am absolutely incompetent when it comes to sewing and have zero natural talent. No, I am not fishing for compliments here, my stitches look terrible. Nevertheless, sewing is an integral part of our lineage’s heritage and can be a particularly transformative practise for fools like myself, precisely because it shows us our limits.
When sewing a Rakusu or Kesa, one will naturally be forced to practise mindfulness, and the frustration that one will encounter is a priceless teacher.
You can find a very profound perspective on the importance of the transmission of the Kesa in Master Dogen’s Kesa Kodoku chapter in his masterpiece, the SHOBOGENZO http://www.bdk.or.jp/english/english_tripitaka/digital_download.html
Below you will find some videos which my beloved Master Taigu Turlur Roshi created quite a few years ago, in which he explains the steps involved in sewing a rakusu: