December 9, 2017 at 8:38 am #2501AnonymousInactive
Good morning – I have a few questions about the robes that members of the Amida Shu wear.
First, who wears the various robes, lay ministers, priests, anyone wanting to create a seperated space in their daily life when conducting ritual or chanting ?
Second, what are the design of the robes taken from – what pieces and componants make up the robes
Third, what is the story behind the colours of the robes- I see many of the people in the photos wearing maroon / burgundy red clothing western without robes and people wearing red burgundy robes and some with yellow stripes –
What is special about the particular colour –
Thank you in advance to whoever tackles these questions for me –
Peace and light –
Om i tuo fu.
Namo Amida Bu
December 9, 2017 at 12:31 pm #2502Acharya Sujatin (temple host)Moderator
We do not have lay ministers – the members of the Order are lay Mitras who do not wear robes, Gankonin(junior Ministers)/Ministers and Amitaryas. The robes are given during the ordination ceremony.
Ministers wear a red robe with yellow – Gankonin a half robe, which becomes full when they confirm their vocation in a further ceremony.
Amitaryas a red robe.
No other members of the Shu or Order wear robes.
All members of the Shu and Order have a ‘mini-robe’ called a wagesa (wagessa), similarly bestowed during a ceremony – so do aspirants and postulants who are usually members of the Shu too.
All reds are bright, not maroon.
The red and yellow/red denote the setting sun – Amida’s direction is in the West.
All Buddhist robes are made from a number of pieces- Shakyamuni’s robe was made from pieces of rag from the charnel grounds.
The particular pattern was devised within the Order many years ago.
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