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The doctors jacket

Culture Posted on Tue, November 13, 2007 18:55:54

Can’t remember why any more, but we bought the complete first series of the english sf-series Doctor Who in 2005, starring Christopher Eccleston as the 9th doctor.

The whole family spent much of the Christmas holiday that year watching mesmerized as the action unfolded.

I have always been aware that there were a Doctor Who from mentions in the music press that I avidly read in the 70-ies and 80-ies. (Even have an album (LP) with sounds – probably haven’t been played at all.)

This #9 doctor had a jacket! Oh, yes, a beautiful worn leather jacket. A german submarine-officers jacket in fact.

It quietly simmered in the back of the brain for some time, before I put doctor who leather jacket into Google. On the top was a link to a company that sold a replica:

It looked great (a bit shiny though), and expensive…

It was only possible to buy one if you lived in the UK, Canada, Australia or the US. So it started with a couple of weeks getting them (or rather him, it’s a one-man show I believe) to put Norway on the list as well. And then there were measurements to be taken. And waiting, from 26th of July to 20th of October all in all.

I haven’t waited so long for anything like that, since ordering books and comics from the USA 30 years ago. It took some time to get it through the customs (and another 20% to the total price), about a week from the first call from UPS’ swedish call-centre (confused me a bit that) till we met our postman in the local shop one evening, and she told me it had arrived, and offered to fetch it. (The postoffice is only open an half hour each day).

Was it worth it? I would say so, it’s a good fit (and smells beautifully).

So here’s the # 42 Bad Wolf jacket. First against the wall of our shed:

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At the standing stone Hasle (Tjølling, Larvik).

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At Istrehågan (Tjølling, Larvik).

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Books on Joshu Sasaki Roshi

Buddhism Posted on Tue, November 13, 2007 18:19:44

Occasioned by Joshu Sasakis 100th birthday, a book was published: The 100th year of Joshu Sasaki Roshi (2007, 88 p.). (This, and the two titles mentioned below, are published by the Rinzai-ji Zen Center in Los Angeles.)

This is the 3rd commerative book on Roshi. The first was The Zen of Myoshin-ji comes to the west : 25 years of Joshu Roshi in America 1962-1987 (1987, 89 p.). In 1992 a second volume was issued to celebrate his 30 year in America: Zen Master Joshu Sasaki: The Great Celebration. (I don’t have a copy, rumour has it that most of the copies of the 1992 book was sent to Japan.)

books are all in album-format, contains examples of Roshis teachings,
presentations of the various groups associated with the Rinzai-ji
order, and photographs! The 100-year book have a long and deep-probing
interview with Roshi. This is a man that doesn’t go in for small-talk
very much! I must admit that I find his teachings about Tatagatha-zen
difficult and that is as it should be.

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The 3rd book in
the picture btw, is Wegkreuzungen : Genro Seiun Osho, 70. Geburtstag,
15 Jahre Lehrtätigkeit in Österreich
(71 p. Bodhidharma Zendo, Wien
1994), an album published to mark Genro Koudela Oshos 70th birthday in

Genro was the 4th to be ordinated Osho (teacher) by Roshi.
A list of most of them is in the 100-year book. Missing though, is the
first woman to be ordinated, Gisele Gesshin Midwer (1931-1999). In a
article on Roshi (Eminent Masters, in Zen. International Zen Institute
of America 7/87) she mentions that he plans to live to the ripe old age
of 108!

The only other book published with Roshis teachings
is Buddha is the center of gravity : Teisho of Joshu Sasaki Roshi at
the Lama Foundation
(San Cristobal 1974). Inserted in the book is a
sheet with the Hearth Sutra in both chinese and latin characters.

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