Body hair

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Body hair

Postby Future Bhikkhu » Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:15 am

Can a monk have body hair? All the monks I have seen are hairless. I am from an Italian background so you can imagine how that will be a problem for me. I know that they may not shave their pubic and armpit hair but I am curious to know whether chest hair and the like must be shaved.
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Re: Body hair

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:17 am

Greetings,

Future Bhikkhu wrote:Can a monk have body hair?

Yes. The restrictions are about hair on top, and a maximum beard length (though in practice, any beard length raises suspicions). Not just about monks either... :lol:

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Re: Body hair

Postby Hanzze » Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:53 am

Dear friends,

maybe this is usefull:

Hair of the body. Nasal hairs should not be grown long. (In the origin story to this rule, people objected to bhikkhus with long nasal hairs "like goblins"). Tweezers are allowed for pulling them out; by extension, scissors should also be allowed for trimming them. The Vinaya-mukha notes that nasal hair performs a useful function in keeping dust out of the lungs, and so interprets this rule as applying only to nasal hairs so long that they grow outside the nostrils.

The hair of the chest or stomach should not be dressed. Hair in a "confining" region — which the Vibhaṅga to the bhikkhunī's parallel rule, their Pc 2, identifies as the armpits and the pubic area — should not be removed unless there is a sore in those areas and a need to apply medicine.


Buddhist Monastic Code II -Chapter 1-Personal Grooming

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Re: Body hair

Postby Future Bhikkhu » Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:58 am

I have that exact book. :)

What does it mean by the 'chest hair should not be dressed'?
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Re: Body hair

Postby Hanzze » Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:04 am

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Re: Body hair

Postby Future Bhikkhu » Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:16 am

Just curious, that's all. I don't mind hair. I just havn't seen a hairy monk.

Thankyou for your effort,

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