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May 9th, 2008

A reprise, because somebody somewhere knows what this means.

I recently ordered a set of samue. Samue is a style of street clothing for Zen monks. This tiny piece of printed rice paper came tucked into the garment. I have no idea what it says, and for that very reason, I find it quite charming.

I imagine it could be laundry instructions. Maybe it says “Inspected by No. 12.”

It reminds me that, with only a change in perspective, the most ordinary things take on inexpressible beauty.


  1. and that’s what i love about reading your blog. seeing the ordinary and making it sacred. (rav kook taught: we take the old and make it new, we take the new and make it holy. that seems to fit here as well.)

    Comment by Phyllis Sommer — May 9, 2008 @ 8:11 pm

  2. It can say whatever you need it to say … that’s the beauty I see.

    I like the picture addition over there on the right! Gorgeous.

    Comment by Shawn — May 9, 2008 @ 10:54 pm

  3. I like the picture of you and Georgia.

    Comment by Kristin H. — May 10, 2008 @ 12:21 am

  4. I can definitely see myself working a set of samue!

    And, sometimes the key to inexpressible beauty is letting yourself not know.

    Comment by Mama Zen — May 10, 2008 @ 1:17 pm

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