Friday, October 30, 2009

What do Buddhist wear?

If you are a traditional Buddhist you generally wear robes. The Sankrit and Pali word foe monastic robes is civara. Wearing a civara is the first of a monk's four traditonal reqiurments. Monks are never to enter a village without wearing all three parts of their robe:
- An inner robe, from the waist to the knee
- An upper robe around the torso and the shoulders
- An outer robe used as and overgarment

Buddhist also wear mala , a bracelet that has 108 beads. The 108 beads on the mala repersents the 108 human passions that Avalokiteshvara assured when telling the beads. They also have 3 extra beads on the mala to repersent the completion of a cycle of mantras. The 3 extra bead also symbolize the Three Jewels of Buddhism: the buddha, the dharma and the sangha. The hidden string that passed through all the beads symbolized the penetrating power of the Buddhas.
A mala is usally worn as bracelets but preist generally wear them as long necklaces.


  1. what do they actually wear on there body ?? :S

  2. They wear the orange robes that are in the picture above :)

  3. I wanna become a buddhist but I know I won't wear them clothes...
    Is it okay not to wear them clothes?
    Do you have to to show your religion?