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Sewing Retreats & Super-Nuns

Miffi Maxmillion, June 1999

It seems that when Rinpoche said I should have rainbow hair, the instruction blossomed into rainbow clothes. In my holiday I ended up sewing. I found myself making aprons, which was a bit of a shock.

At first I thought “Oh no, I really have turned into a housewife at LTC!” but then a more pertinent story began to emerge. I am actually serving the FPMT, and servants wear aprons. So I dedicated that as long as these aprons endure may I endure to serve the FPMT (as the aprons have a good chance of lasting longer than me).

I tried to dedicate the clothes as causes for putting on the garment of patience, with the adornments of the 6 Perfections. And by making and wearing these clothes to put into place the causes for one day putting on some important clothes, like the clothes of a nun.

The final apron was an offering to Ven. Ailsa, who was just finishing leading the 3 month Mani Retreat at Chenrezig Institute. She wore the apron under her robes to the last session of the retreat, and at end stood up to make a speech, twirled round like Wonder Woman and revealed an ‘S’ for Super-Nun! The outfit was teamed with some rather startling rainbow coloured dakini socks. Obviously, the next apron I have to make is for Rinpoche, the most precious Super-Bodhisattva of all.

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