I am starting a new 'tradition' at Treeleaf ... sitting some days with a special formality honoring old tradition and line.
There is a time for t-shirts and a time for black Koromo.
This is important because, although we live in modern times, we are part of a continuing Zen lineage. As things change and as we change our ways of practice, other things should not change or be changed. There are traditions to keep, traditions to continue, new traditions to build upon. We need to figure out which is which as we go along. All that, amid all things constantly changing ...
Thus, we should honor and remember all that came before to bring us here.