Suggested donation – $20.00 - $70.00

Date & Time Details: Tuesday, March 5 (Healers), Tuesday, April 9 (Protectors), and Tuesday, May 7 (Ancestors), 6:30pm - 8pm

Location: Zen Center of New York City

Address: 500 State Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Contact: ZCNYC


In Touch with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas: A Sewing Practice

with Tess Kisei Edmonds, MRO

March 5 - May 7, 2024

All Buddhas throughout space and time
All Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas
Maha Prajna Paramita

Perhaps we are open (or desire to be open) to the possibility that we are in midst and in contact with many Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, beings who are in the world to be of benefit to others. We make this connection through liturgy of our life. Sometimes they might feel more distant, more “other,” and at times more intangible. We may ask: Are they real?

In this art meditation practice series, we can touch the energy and teachings of various Buddhas and Bodhisattvas through the ancient practice of sewing. Each session with focus on a theme: Healers (Tuesday, March 5), Protectors (Tuesday, April 9), and Ancestors (Tuesday, May 7). We will begin each session with sitting quietly, then exploring particular examples of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas within the theme, learning about their qualities and bringing to mind and into the space their presence. Then we will each begin to bring a being of our choosing to life through sewing.

You will be guided you through each step of the process, with no expectation of prior sewing experience. Stitch by stitch, as a meditation practice, trusting the intimacy of the creative process.

Consecutive attendance is not required — you are welcome to attend one or all sessions.

*Please note: You can either bring your own sewing tools (needles, threads, scissors, and some scraps of fabric) with you, or we will have starter kits you can purchase and keep for $5 to continue your work at home between sessions.

Also, please feel welcome to bring any textile materials of your own that carry ancestral meaning or that you love the textures & colors of. We will have some extra materials, needles and threads.


Tess Kisei Edmonds, MRO
Tess Kisei Edmonds is an artist and MRO student currently in residency at Fire Lotus Temple. She uses found natural materials and textiles to create beings and scenes that invoke healing and connection.
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