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Mummy, where do kesas come from?

On Fri, 1 December, 2017 - 11:39
Munisha's picture

Ever wondered?

Carunalaka writes from Australia: “It’s a little-known fact that Vajradharini, from Pune, India, has been making kesas for the worldwide Triratna Buddhist Order for the past seven years.

Recently I suggested there were many people who would be delighted to ‘meet’ the woman who makes these items, given to members of the Order at their ordinations. I persuaded her to speak to camera - in English - even though she was very shy about doing so.

White kesas are given at ordination; golden kesas may be taken later by those choosing to make a public commitment to greater simplicity of lifestyle, including celibacy.

Vajradharini’s small tailoring business includes teaching other women to sew, and it supports her family, including her husband Yashosagar, a Public preceptor who works tirelessly for the growth of Triratna in India.”

Editor’s note: 2017 having been a record-breaking year for ordinations in Triratna, Vajradharini has been working extra hard, and others had to step in to meet demand. By the end of the year there will have been 150 ordinations in 2017 with 15 public ordination ceremonies having occurred across Mexico, Spain, Ireland, USAUK, New Zealand and India.

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Saccanama's picture

Hi Munisha,

I’ve been doing my sums and by the end of the year, including the 72 forthcoming ordinations in India and 1 in New Zealand, there will have been 150 ordinations in 2017 with 15 public ordination ceremonies having occurred across Mexico, Spain, Ireland, USA, UK, New Zealand and India.


Munisha's picture

Thank you. Post now amended!

Readers may also be interested to know that there have been 15 resignations in 2017 so far (counting the official posts announcing them to the Order on TBCO).
x Munisha

akasapriya's picture

Yes, and this is a record number as far as I know. A while ago I started to think that there seemed to be rather more resignations than usual, and compiled some figures for the years since 2005 (there was no data readily available for before 2005). Until this year, the most in a year was 12 (in 2009, 2013 and 2016). So the last two years have seen 27 resignations so far. By contrast in 2006 and 2007 there was only one resignation each year. 

I’ve been intending to publish these figures, but haven’t found the time to do what I would really like to do, which is re-read the resignation letters and examine the reasons why people resigned. Of course as the Order grows one might expect a higher number of resignations, but I wonder whether there might not be more to be learnt from those who resign.

dh sthanashraddha's picture

Dear Vajradharini, 

Jai Bhim! 

Im very pleased to see this little video and to see you speaking on making our kesas for the last seven years! Having helped out once or twice to make a kesa when needed I know very well how tricky and detailed they can be to make. 

Although ive not been able to express my appreciation before now I’m sure along with others that we have felt a lot of gratitude for our Kesas and in that is implied an appreciation of your efforts. So I’m very glad now to be able to pass on my very deep gratitude and thanks for all your work and efforts. 

With much metta,


Carunalaka's picture

Not to mention all the lost and worn out kesas that people need replaced. Vajradharini would have made well over 100 kesas this year alone, I imagine.

Subhanaya's picture

Thank you for sharing, really wonderful to meet Vajradharani. 

akasapriya's picture

It’s great to see this look ‘behind the scenes’. I’m glad Carunalaka persuaded Vajradharini to overcome her shyness and let us see her at work.

ani's picture
I really enjoyed this video thank you Vajradharini for sharing so beautifully xx
Jnanacandra's picture

Thank you for showing us how you make the Kesas, dear Vajradharini! Lovely to see you sitting in your living room sewing kesas and lovely foto of you with your family…