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Gudo Nishijima Roshi: How To Wear O-kesa

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Uploaded on Feb 23, 2009

Gudo Nishijima Roshi demonstrates the way to put on the o-kesa (or kashaya), the traditional Buddhist robe. Notice he is wearing a kimono under the o-kesa and a Western style dress shirt below that. These are the clothes he just happened to be wearing when I taped this. Though Nishijima Roshi often wears full Buddhist robes, he believes that the o-kesa is the only truly necessary garment. So he often wears it over Western clothes.

His method for tying it is basically Soto style. But there are variations. Some do not hide the cords used to tie it up. Some fold it in a slightly different way.

Sorry for the video drop-outs at the beginning. It clears up pretty quickly.

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