White clothes - who had this idea?

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White clothes - who had this idea?

Postby Hanzze » Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:01 am

Practicing lay people in the Theravada tradition are wearing white clothes. Why do one use white. Fore sure it makes one more aware and also from viewed from an aura perspective (fine substantial) it is beneficial. But when ever you had experience it by your self you need to violate with the Silas constantly if you like to stay white.
Where does it come from?
Does it makes sense?
Or is it just another hint to go further?
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_
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Re: White clothes - who had this idea?

Postby Ben » Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:39 am

Hi Hannes,
Hanzze wrote:Practicing lay people in the Theravada tradition are wearing white clothes. Why do one use white. Fore sure it makes one more aware and also from viewed from an aura perspective (fine substantial) it is beneficial.
What aura?

Hanzze wrote:But when ever you had experience it by your self you need to violate with the Silas constantly if you like to stay white
I don't understand this comment Hannes.

Hanzze wrote:Where does it come from?
Its mentioned a few times in the suttas where lay people either came to the Buddha wearing white, or possibly, instructed to come to the Buddha dressed in white.

Hanzze wrote:Does it makes sense?
If the symbolism of it (saddha, chandha, devotion, samvega) makes sense to you personally, then why not?
Hanzze wrote:Or is it just another hint to go further?
Maybe for some people they interpret it as empty ritual or cultural accretion.
Its up to you.
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Re: White clothes - who had this idea?

Postby Hanzze » Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:20 am

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Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_
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Re: White clothes - who had this idea?

Postby Goofaholix » Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:21 pm

Hanzze wrote:Dear Ben,

one experience a different feeling while wearing white. Others are also taking a different notice from somebody wearing white.
If you had wear white, you would know that it is very difficult to keep it clean and to wash it. If you try to not harm (by destroying life in the water - many precepts for monks refer to this danger) it is difficult with white. Also to produce white is less times harmless.
Further it will hinder one to make worldly tasks. Even cooking or making firewood or sit down on the ground is complicate.

With white closes one needs to be more aware than in saffron clothes.


Obviously this provides an incentive to become a monk, then you can wear brown.
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