Why Orange?

So I made some new “friends” on the train home this evening.

These two Tibetan Buddhist Monks.

I asked about their amazing robes–“why orange?”

They said, they didn’t know why, but told me black, white, blue, and red were a no-no. 

They started to teach words from their language to another inquisitive fellow from New York riding on the train, and asking them how to say this and that.

They were laughing at his pronunciation.

As he was about to get off the train, he grabbed for their hands and gave them a good shake, and off he went.

I asked if I could take their picture and they smiled and immediately sort of sat up and posed.

At one point on the ride, the monk on the right pulls out a cell phone and starts talking away–the modern technology was sort of a funny contrast with their religious robes and serene nature.

Anyway, I loved this picture and wanted to share this experience.

Hope you enjoy!

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

2 responses to “Why Orange?

  1. Hi! Thanks for sharing the article. They are Theravada Buddhist monk. The orange robes,It was dyed by being boiled with vegetable matter — tubers, bark, flowers, leaves — and spices such as turmeric or saffron.
    The ancient Indians looked into the jungle they could always tell which leaves were about to drop from the tree, because they were either yellow, orange or brown. This act as a constant reminder of the importance of not clinging, of letting go, of giving up.
    May you be Happy and Well! Cheers!

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