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I’m putting the official +Things That Are Good Blog stamp of approval on this Sanjuro GI Peerless, which comes courtesy of the ever venerable visvim. If this particular garment feels familiar, it’s probably because I wrote about a different version of it back in September ‘16. Even in that post, I was confused about whether I had already written about the Sanjuro coat before. I fear I’m doomed to repeat this scenario every season, as visvim will likely continue to make Sanjuro coats and I will likely continue to obsess over them. Before Enlightenment, chop wood, rock vis. After Enlightenment, chop wood, rock vis. The Wheel of Becoming turns, always turning. Drop 1830 USD on a pink kimono coat and wear it while you are eating sour miso with your students. Wear it while you are covering a turtle with a sandal. Wear it while you are burying your dead beggar friend on the mountainside. Always turning. I was sitting at the edge of a pond, practicing zazen, while my master was away at the temple. I looked into the water and saw my reflection in its surface. Upon seeing my face, I exclaimed “Why hasn’t that hipster a beard?” My master returned from the temple and rapped me soundly on the head. Has a dog the Buddha nature? What about a cat? Will a hyper-expensive coat, made from ultra-pricey Luxsic cotton, allow you to reach the soundless sound? Are we not all soldiers of humanity and these spectacular raiments merely our daily uniforms? Do you even know how much this flax weighs? Don’t answer. Just wash your bowl. Stop asking me how to attain Enlightenment and just attain it already! It’s decidedly unzen, but I’m running out of patience with you. Even the trees grow weary in the darkness. Chop that damn wood. Always turning. No water, no moon, motherfucker -RB
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