help with Buddhist / Chinese symbols on jiu-jitsu gi?

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judoman09
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help with Buddhist / Chinese symbols on jiu-jitsu gi?

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Hi, I am a jiu-jitsu practitoner, and I have come across a gi (uniform) that I like the look of, but i want to understand what the glyphs mean.
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Can you help me understand these?
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It seems a bit creepy how it says 'no soul' on the arm, but maybe that's a translation issue ... perhaps it is meant to equate to the concept of mushin, or 'no-mind' ?
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thank you :-)
PeterC
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Re: help with Buddhist / Chinese symbols on jiu-jitsu gi?

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It's two of the three dharma seals - impermanence and 'non-self' (anatman). But please don't buy it. The calligraphy looks like it was done by a teenager. It is calligraphy, whoever did it can hold a brush, but really it's ugly. Also if you were going to decorate a gi with the dharma seals, why would you leave out "suffering" (dukkha)? That would seem much more relevant to the activity than the absence of a permanent self.
judoman09
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Re: help with Buddhist / Chinese symbols on jiu-jitsu gi?

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PeterC wrote: Fri Aug 05, 2022 4:32 am It's two of the three dharma seals - impermanence and 'non-self' (anatman). But please don't buy it. The calligraphy looks like it was done by a teenager. It is calligraphy, whoever did it can hold a brush, but really it's ugly. Also if you were going to decorate a gi with the dharma seals, why would you leave out "suffering" (dukkha)? That would seem much more relevant to the activity than the absence of a permanent self.
Dharma seals? Ah cool, thank you I will look into that.

:lol: good one Peter -- quite right, Suffering would be far more appropriate , haha

May I ask, how long have you been reading / writing / appreciating the quality of calligraphy?

I appreciate the explanation & advice, cheers! :-)
PeterC
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Re: help with Buddhist / Chinese symbols on jiu-jitsu gi?

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judoman09 wrote: Fri Aug 05, 2022 4:56 am May I ask, how long have you been reading / writing / appreciating the quality of calligraphy?
Decades. It’s one of the very few topics on which I do know what I’m talking about.

Be like Rickson, stick with the plain white gi...
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