Robes are the clothes of a monk or nun (the Sangha). They are considered to be one of the most holy belongings of an ordained person, as it shows their dedication to the spiritual path and their love for the welfare of mother sentient beings.
The essential set of Tibetan Buddhist monk robes consists of three pieces which are:
1. Donka: a shirt with cap sleeves. This can be fully maroon in colour with blue
piping, or maroon and yellow with blue piping
2. Shamthap: a maroon skirt
3. Zen: an outer maroon shawl to cover the Donka
The tradition of wearing robes has been passed down from the founder of Buddhism, Shakyamuni Himself. Wearing the robes represents the vows and commitments that an ordained person holds. In other words, the robes represent the Vinaya, which is the root of all of Buddha’s teachings.
The Buddha taught that by holding the vows of the Vinaya, monks and nuns take on the responsibility to benefit others with the Dharma. Wearing the robes reflects the commitment of an ordained person to bring happiness and comfort, and to relieve the sufferings of sentient beings. So every day a monk or nun continues to don the robes and hold their vows is another day they create immeasurable merit for themselves and their sponsors.
Through the virtue of the monks upholding their vows and helping sentient beings, the ordained Sangha become a source of inspiration for others who are seeking spiritual solace.
When we offer items such as robes to the Sangha, our support for them creates the causes for the Dharma to remain. In making sincere offerings, we also create the causes for an abundance of spiritual and material wealth for ourselves.
Thus, to seek help for and to sponsor the Sangha creates immeasurable positive results for both our secular and spiritual life – the happiness and fulfillment we gain from making such offerings is unmatched to the results of any other altruistic contributions we can otherwise make.
Please join us in supporting the Sangha of Gaden Monastery through the works of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. It is due to the kindness of these holy monks and nuns that we are able to receive the Dharma today. Sangha members commit their lives to following the path of the perfect Buddha by putting others’ needs above theirs.
Join us in creating the causes for the growth of Dharma, and for the happiness and peace that you will gain in your own lives.
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1. Donka (Upper robe)
2. Shamthap (Lower robe)
3. Ngullen (Inner shirt)
4. Long Zen (Long shawl)
5. Short Zen (Short shawl)
6. Chogo (Novice robe)
7. Namjar (Bikshus robe)
8. Dingwa (Monk seat)
Auspicious Days to Offer Robes
January 19, 2013: Enlightenment Day of Buddha Shakyamuni
February 10, 2013: Chinese New Year/ The day Maitreya Buddha was born
February 8 or 15, 2013: Parinirvana, or Nirvana Day (Mahayana)
February 25, 2013: Magha Puja (Sangha Day; Theravada)
February 25, 2013: Chunga Choepa (Butter Lamp Festival, Tibetan)
March 30, 2013: Magha Puja (Sangha Day; Theravada) / The Day Kuan Yin Was Born
March 31, 2013: The Day Samantabhadra Bodhisattva’s Was Born
April 8, 2013: Hanamatsuri (Buddha’s Birthday, Japan)
April 13-16, 2013: Water Festivals (Bun Pi Mai, Sonkran; Southeast Asia)
May 13, 2013: The Day Manjushri Was Born
May 17, 2013: Seokga Tansinil (Buddha’s Birthday, South Korea)
May 24, 2013: Vesak (Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Death, Theravada)
May 25, 2013: Saga Dawa (Birth, Enlightenment, Death of Buddha, Tibetan)
July 6, 2013: Birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
July 12, 2013: Chokhor Duchen (Tibetan)
July 13, 14, 15, 2013: Obon (Japan, regional)
July 22, 2013: Asalha Puja; Beginning of Vassa (Theravada)
July 26, 2013: The Day Kuan Yin Gained Enlightenment
August 7 to September 4 2013: Zhongyuan (Seven Month Festival/Ullambana Festival, China)
August 13, 14, 15, 2013: Obon (Japan, regional)
September 4, 2013: The Day Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Was Born
October 19, 2013: Pavarana and End of Vassa (Theravada)
October 23, 2013: The Day Kuan Yin Renounced To Become A Nun
October 24, 2013: The Day H.E. Tsem Rinpoche Was Born
November 3, 2012: The Day That Medicine Buddha Was Born
November 17, 2013: Anapanasati Day (Theravada)
November 24, 2013: Lhabab Duchen (Tibetan)
December 8, 2013: Rohatsu (Enlightenment of the Buddha, Japan)
December 19, 2013: The Day Amitabha Was Born