Hanzze wrote:I am not sure, but it seems that there are two general technics to wear the upper robe.
One seems to be used when going outside, turning the short side ends of the fabric into a role and turn it over the left arm over the sholder. The other general used technic which leaves the right sholder free seems to be used when teaching or inside the monastery (away from public).
The secound reqires a belt to close the left body side and hinder the robe lying on the left sholder to fall. Especially the secound technic does not seem very "naturally" to me even it is nice to adjust if one has the nessesary equipments.
The usually use of the "manager - jacket" under the robe might be the reason of usually wearing technics today.
I guess there are serval technics how to prepair the robe. Does somebody have more informations about the wearing of robes?
One more question is about the allowed noose and string on the lower corners of the robe (upper and under robe?). What is it's use? Maybe it indicates a different wearing style.
As there are many different traditions, styles and methods of wearing the Buddhas Robes then this is just my idea from examining, researching and experimenting with them. I have used the Tibetan style for 3 years as a Nun but transitioned to Yogini and now am some what free to get back to basics as far as is possible so have made a set of rag robes according to the earliest tradition but still in keeping with my lineage regarding colours for Yogis so I don't offend any one or have them mistake me for a nun. What is important is that the robes are worn for the right reasons with pure mind. For more on this then it can be looked up online.
So regarding the noose and string which seems to have fallen into disuse which puzzled me too, when wrapping the under skirt with the two sides together and folded around the lower body it holds these edges together so they don't blow open and when in an extremely cold climate or ill then it can be tied as a liner into a heavy outer waist skirt. If overlapped across the front of the body then the lower ties become redundant.
Regarding the purpose of ties on the upper and outer robes I have found that when used as bedding the upper robe ties into the outer robe as a sheet which can then all be folded in half length wise with enough at the foot to tuck under and enough at the head to cover it when cold with the opening on the right side. This way the foot end is always worn on the left side of the body while the clean head end is on the right when sitting or standing, and when waking one just needs to sit straight up from the right side and pull the robes over the shoulders and across the lap to meditate. When wearing both upper and outer together then it can be quite heavy and slip down, so both the opposite lower ties can be tied together over the left wrist and the weight then falls on the left arm, which if needed can then be lifted up and rested over the left shoulder to free the left hand or when it is hot and also this way with the upper robe tied into the outer, the body never soils the inside of the outer robe.
Hope this helps and doesn't offend or confuse any one.