Re: Monks shaving their heads...why exactly?


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Posted by Nanda (161.142.112.8) on May 11, 2000 at 23:55:11:

In Reply to: Monks shaving their heads...why exactly? posted by Andreas Iskasson on May 11, 2000 at 21:05:05:

:o) a funny but thoughtful question to ask.
But first of all, do you agree that having hair can sometimes be troublesome? We have to comb, wash, dry and attend to it. Then there is the having to keep up with fashion and the vanity aspect comes up.
When someone becomes a monk, the have to let go of all the worldly things, let go of vanity, just let go of the way they look. Thats why they shave their hair, it's a process of letting go. Not caring what other might think or how they look. And of course they save a lot of time. No need to wash, dry or comb their hair.
Another reason is because monks sometimes go for meditation retreats in forests for many weeks, even months. Having no hair will definately be much easier for cultivation. Having a shaved head, was also a symbol of leaving the lay life to walk the asetics life in the Buddha's time.



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