Liesle Dods shows off one of the vests knitted for the Gyuto Monastery.
Liesle Dods shows off one of the vests knitted for the Gyuto Monastery.

A pattern for peace

By MADELEINE DOHERTY

LIESLE Dods of Byron Bay is busy knitting vests.

The vests are for the Gyuto Monks in Dharamsala in India, where winters are bitterly cold.

Liesle was inspired after an encounter with the monks on their visit to Byron Bay last year.

"We decided to sponsor a little (orphan) boy, Dakpa Tenzin, who lives in the Gyuto Monastery in Dharamsala," she said.

But Liesle wanted to do more and she decided to knit a vest for Dakpa Tenzin.

That has grown into knitting a vest for all the monks.

"The phone has been ringing non-stop with offers to knit," Liesle said.

The first batch of vests is making its way up into the hills of Dharamsala to the monks, who undoubtedly will be moved by the kind thoughts of the Byron knitters.

Contact Liesle on 6684 7840 if you want to help knit.


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