Wagesa, the surplice worn around the neck during a Shingon service. The term “wagesa” comes from the Sanskrit form of the word “Kasaya”, the robes worn by the disciples of the Buddha. Originally, the robes were stitched out of discarded cloth, hence robes are often seen in a brick pattern, symbolizing the great “field of merit”. The wagesa for the layperson symbolizes a practitioners reliance in the Triple Gem. In the future, Shingonji Temple will have layperson’s wagesa for purchase.