The Dalai Lama’s Wardrobe

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I was thinking the other day about the Dalai Lama. This simple monk has been the famed Dalai Lama of my 60’s-70’s childhood and youth, and the leader of the Tibetan people since before I was born. He has come to stand for peace and compassion in a world where there is precious little of either. While I’m not Buddhist, I have the utmost respect and admiration for the Dalai Lama as both a leader and spiritual teacher.

Since I wear religiously observant dress, I was curious about what the Dalai Lama wears.  He always basically looks the same with minor variations in headgear—though he favors the visor to preserve his unadorned head which is also symbolic. If you can’t think of what he (and many, many other Buddhist monks) looks like, here he is:

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The robes are dyed from all natural materials and the fabric made from six kinds…

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