☆STICKY☆ Definition of the Thai Buddha Monks

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onionaut

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Definition of the Thai Buddha Monks:

  • หลวงพี่ or "LUANG PHI" is classified for a young monk.
  • หลวงพ่อ or "LUANG PHO / LUANG PHOR" is classified for a middle aged monk.
  • หลวงปู่ or "LUANG PU / LUANG POO" is classified for a old renowned monk.
  • หลวงตา or "LUANG TA" ( classified for becoming a monk at older age ) is less respectful that "LUANG PHO / LUANG PHOR".
  • หลวงเถระ or "LUANG THERA" is classified for a man being a monk for 10 years.

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brabus15

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Acharn or kruba actually means teacher ,normally you can call a monk who teaches pali or buddhist text as acharn. Kruba is normally used by people from the north calling the monks as kruba.
 

woof0606

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Since this thread is about understanding and knowing definitions, can I request also from the seniors or knowledgeable of this topic on the colour or type of robe worn by Monks or Ajarns... And maybe add in the meaning..

Cause from my humble and limited knowledge or sight, there is Monks, Ajarn wearing orange robes, yellow robes, white robes, orange tiger skin robe, white tiger skin robe... Would like to know more of these 'outfit' meanings...

Thanks in advance...
 

brabus15

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The colour of the robe actually does not have any definition.
It all depends if the head of them particular region wears that colour some temples will follow but not all.
The most siginificant colour is the royal colour, monks will have to wear this colour when they are invited to royal cremonies or any events that is releated to the royal family.

Another siginificant colour is the colour of the forest monks - all monks of this tradition will wear this colour.( Colour of monks from the forest sangha wears - Like LP Mun, LP Thet , LP Dun , LT Maha Bua.

Sometimes monks in the north wears colour of very dark purple, like colours of the Tibetian monks.

In Thailand, it monks are classified into two sections - The Mahanikai or the Thammayud Sect.

You can determine them on the method of the robes fold while monks are moving around outside the temples vacinity.

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luangtom

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I inquired of my wife the very same question, "What significance are robe-colors?" She told me that in her part of Thailand, the Isaan (NE), that when she was a young girl the colors differentiated between "town-monks" and "forest-monks". The various bright orange-colors signified the town-monks and the subdued, brown or burnt-orange the forest-monks. She has not lived there permanently for decades, so this may have changed.

I do know that of the five locals temples in the vicinity of Atlanta, GA, USA, the monks that practice much of the forest-tradition or meditation-monks wear the subdued burnt-orange robes.
 

brabus15

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I inquired of my wife the very same question, "What significance are robe-colors?" She told me that in her part of Thailand, the Isaan (NE), that when she was a young girl the colors differentiated between "town-monks" and "forest-monks". The various bright orange-colors signified the town-monks and the subdued, brown or burnt-orange the forest-monks. She has not lived there permanently for decades, so this may have changed.

I do know that of the five locals temples in the vicinity of Atlanta, GA, USA, the monks that practice much of the forest-tradition or meditation-monks wear the subdued burnt-orange robes.
If it is the forest tradition, they will follow the colour which determines their lineage. Their brown is sometimes a very dull brown because in the olden days, the forest tradtion pick up rags to make and dye their own robes during the Kathin. But since everyone respected Luong Pu mun so much, they bought cloth of this colour for him to pick up as an offering to him during his time. In their lineage , they do not accept offereing of robes more than what he requires and he will also pick unwanted cloth up in cemetery to be amde as their robes. They are more concern about looking at the heart than other things.
 

luangtom

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What about white robes and black robes monks?
In many temples, the white-robed men and women are called "pa-khao" for the men and "mae-khao" or "mae-chi" for the women. They are laity that have chosen to practice Eight-Precepts, above the Five-Precepts, prescribed for regular patrons of the temples. If you notice, the white-robed generally scorn jewelry, make-up and such, so as to not have attachment to material-things.

The black-robes, in some areas, are those that prescribe to the practice of Wicca, or Magic. Some are herbalists, too, that prescribe for ailments and maladies.
 
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