The Khata is an informal term for Jael-dhar, the Buddhist offering scarf. It comes originally from the Tibetan tradition. It represents the sincerity of one's offering, with no negative thoughts or motives in mind. They are also used as a sign of recognition of one’s love or respect for another, such as teacher to students, master to precept taker. The offering of khata is something one could call a bouquet that is very reusable and meant to be displayed.
It is also custom to put khatas over statues, thangkas, pictures of masters and altar spaces. A khata offered to a master and received back by a student will be cherished and preciously kept as it is now a very special momento, talisman and protector. For special events, such as marriage, birthdays, new year, farewell and safe journey, welcome home, celebration of events, anniversaries, house blessings, memorials, we can offer Khatas, or lay it over the body of a sick or deceased person.
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How the khata is offered: The
offering of a khata may seem to be a simple gesture, but it has its own
significance and protocol, mostly governed by tradition. In order to
present a khata it is first folded it in half length-wise. This
represents the interdependence of each other. Then it is offered with
open edges facing the person to whom it is being given. i.e. the folded
section will be towards the giver. This represents an open and pure
heart without negative thoughts or motives.
For special occasions, honored monks, teachers, dignitaries and elders,
as well as those taking the Precepts, the Khata is given with folded
hands near the forehead, with a humble bow before them while bending the
head over and palms joined in respect. In turn, the receiver will bow
and receive his or her Khata as a token of blessing by putting it over
his or her neck, so it hangs down equally over both sides of the chest.