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Kata Blessing Scarf

Item # 28761

Funds 14 bowls of food.

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Give a colorful blessing to friends or family with purity of heart. The purchase of our white Kata Blessing Scarf brings peace and solemnity into your life, but, more importantly, it benefits refugee Buddhist nuns living in Tibet. The Tibetan Nuns Project provides education and support for nearly 600 nuns in northern India, including improvements in standards of food, sanitation, and medical care. Each scarf is is blessed by the nuns of the Dolma Ling Nunnery.

  • Viscose
  • Blue: Approximately 59" x 13" (1.5 m x 33 cm)
  • White: Approximately 51.5" x 10.5" (130.8 x 26.7 cm)
  • Edges left raw
  • Handmade in & fairly traded from Nepal

In Tibetan culture, the Kata Blessing Scarf serves a variety of ceremonial purposes. Given to family and loved ones when they arrive for a visit or from long travels, they are also given when the loved one departs, asking for a blessing of safe journey. It may hold similar significance for you -- or perhaps find its way as a decorative accent for sacred pictures and objects around the home.

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Review count: 17

Recent reviews:

May 19, 2015 - knew i could not wear it when the ends unraveled immediately. now that i have read the review from April 15th, i now understand it. i got the blue, and love,love the color. the material is extremely silky. i have a Buddhist friend. TY ''4/15'' for the insite. now i see it as beautiful and will be ordering one for my B friend.

April 15, 2015 - Do people here realize these are sacred to us? (Tibetan Buddhists). Instead of floral garlands given to the teacher (guru) thanking them for a teaching, Tibetans came up with these silk scarves as flowers are hard to grow in Tibet. These are not to be worn as a scarf, fashion accessory, etc. You wear it if your lama (teacher) takes the kata you offer and blesses it and gives it back to you. They are suppose to have the fringed ends and look unfinished. They are not hemmed and it is meant to unravel and fall apart to show the Impermanence of all things. The only thing good with this is supporting the nuns. But please people, don't get these as something to wear or to decorate with.

April 6, 2015 - Terrible!!! The ends were unraveled; the entire thing was falling apart and extremely stiff. A horrible buy :( If I could give no stars I would. This is the first item I have purchased from the web site and was dissatisfied.

January 15, 2015 - Got lots of compliments on it! Love the blue color! The only problem, which is minor, is the edge, not being hemmed, catches on things.

December 14, 2014 - Size is different than shown. Fabric is incredibly thin. The design is pretty & if they donate money to the nuns, I am okay with that.

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Artisan: Dolma Ling Nunnery

Artisan Dolma Ling Nunnery

Dharmasala, India is home to the Tibetan government in exile, as well as the Dolma Ling Nunnery -- a refuge for Tibetan Buddhist nuns living in exile. Run by the sister-in-law of the Dali Lama as part of the Tibetan Nuns Project, it provides humanitarian support and education for hundreds of nuns living in exile from their homeland. There, the nuns produce beaded necklaces and prayer flags in a time-honored manner, blessing the items before sending them out into the world.

Founded in 1987 to provide humanitarian aid and an education to refugee Buddhist nuns, the project began as a response to 66 nuns who found themselves ill and exhausted with nowhere to go after a two year pilgrimage over the Himalayas from eastern Tibet. Emergency assistance was provided to meet their basic needs, but more was needed, and the Tibetan Nuns Project began actively seeking a more long-term solution for the problems of secure housing, medical care, and education. A sponsorship program was created which reached out to individuals and organizations around the world, supplementing the income-generating projects that the nuns themselves have instituted.

Now joined by five other nunneries as part of the Tibetan Nuns Project, the refugee nuns at Dolma Ling are able to work on mission with a sense of security and hope. This includes improving standards of living, a self-sufficient future through education and training, training for leadership and service roles within the community, improving the level and status of ordained Buddhist women in their culture, assisting recently arrived refugee nuns from Tibet, and the continued establishment of further facilities for nuns in need.

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