Buddhist tee: This Body Will Be a Corpse

Steve Silberman sez, "'This body will be a corpse' - a dramatic reminder of impermanence from Ethan Nichtern's Interdependence Project:" "Wearing this tee is a reminder to stay in touch with the reality of impermanence as well as a way to support the efforts of the Interdependence Project."

"This Body Will Be A Corpse" Organic Cotton Tee (Thanks, Steve, via Submitterator)


  1. Just another poorly thought out slogan or a not-so-subtle debasement of the value of human life? What were they thinking?

  2. Judging from the fact that I can see the woman’s belly button and bra in the picture, I’m thinking the t-shirt will be in a bale of recycled clothing long before the wearer heads to the compost heap.

    1. I don’t know what picture you are looking at.
      The women in the pic I see is displaying no belly button or bra, she is however displaying what appears to be a track mark on her left arm, making the T-shirt perhaps rather apt.

      1. I think OldRipBeak is referring to the fact that the shirt is so thin, you can see her bellybutton and bra through it.

        Also, I enjoy celebrating the impermanence of my money by spending $23 on a t-shirt. :\

        1. Yes, though maybe some folks can’t see that due to different monitor characteristics/settings? Or maybe some of us have x-ray vision.

          And, @#11, yeah, the fact that it’s water-based ink and organic cotton means one could be composted in the shirt!

  3. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do
    do it with all thy might
    for there is no work
    and no striving
    in the grave
    whither thou goest.

    1. Close, but I think the one to wear while waiting for the zombie apocalypse would read :

      “This body will be a reanimated corpse.”

  4. This /shirt/ is a corpse, is a crying baby, is a stone, is at the top of the highest peak, and at the center of the earth.


  5. @ #1
    at least they are printing with water based ink on organic cotton… so the shirt can probably go in the compost heap as well.

  6. Two thoughts occurred to me as soon as I saw this.

    One, that would really be Captain Obvious for me.

    Two, I can’t remember two.

  7. I remembered Two!

    The initial ad campaign for Six Feet Under showed someone putting lipstick on a corpse, and the line was “Your whole life has been leading up to this.”

  8. when you die
    you have to leave them behind
    you should keep that in mind and
    when you keep that in mind
    you’ll find a love as big as the sky

  9. Ecclesiastes 9:10 has already been posted, so that covers Judaism. That’s the most poetic expression, in my opinion. Roman and Christians would say “Memento mori”, short and sweet and to the point. Or if you’re not into the whole brevity thing, there’s that Greek Epicurus: “It is possible to provide security against other things, but as far as death is concerned, we men all live in a city without walls.”

    Whichever you prefer, I think it works better on a shaving or makeup mirror than a t-shirt. It’s a message for one’s self.

  10. I fail to see the point of thinking so much about death and mortality: While you are alive you have to live to the fullest. Once you’re dead you won’t care that you are at all.

    Then again I am not big on Buddhism.

  11. I am a little confused about the assignation of the tee as Buddhist particularly. Certainly that is not a thought particular to them. Judaism and (more so) Christianity both deal with this idea at length. Take for example that a key element of papal coronation (a grand, resplendent event) involves a reminder of earthly impermanence. Heck, once a year a priest marks my forehead with ash and reminds me that it is my future. “Remember, from dust you were made and to dust you shall return.”

    1. Yeah, and I thought the meme of the month for this kind of stuff was Stoicism. What about a blog, though, do they die? What becomes of them afterward? What about a blog that won’t die, or gets reanimated? It’s scary!

  12. The reason it is particularly Buddhist, is that it is a partial quote from a particular Buddhist text written by the 9th Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje.

    The sentiment is not necessarily Buddhist, but that quote is.

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