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Thailand - The monk guarding a very old statue of Buddha in a cave near the highest stuppa on the world.


The color of a monk’s robe is very important. The color tells you what his status in the monastery is. If he wears a brownish orange robe he is considered one of the wise, elderly monks.

When the ancient Indians looked into the forest they could always tell what leaves were about to fall off the trees because they were yellow, orange or brown. So yellow became the color of renunciation. The Buddhist monks wear orange, yellow or brown robes as a constant reminder of the importance of not clinging, and of letting go.


The meaning of the color of a mon's robe is also changing according to the country and to which of the two branches of Buddhism the monk is following.


© Jeff Bauche

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Taken on September 17, 2009