Monks are one of the most important people in a Buddhist community. They have a very special daily routine. They all wear yellow robes and shave their heads. They don’t grow food and only have one meal a day. They also aren’t allowed to eat meat because they don’t want to hurt other animals. But if offered meat then they shall eat it as it is rude to not accept a present.  Monks have begging bowls where they are given food in because they are not allowed to grow food they have to beg it. To learn a bit more about Monks and Nuns we have interviewed a very famous Buddhist, in fact he started Buddhism, you can all guess who he is Prince Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha). We have interviewed him on our beloved program “Every day with a Buddhist”.

It is nice to have you on our Show.

Thanks, a lot I really have the honour of being on TV because they were not supposed to be invented at my time.

Firstly, Prince Gautama we will start by asking you some questions and then we will be asking our manager what he thinks about Buddhist Monks.


Why do Buddhist monks and nuns wear a yellow robe?

When the Buddhist followers 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. In India, yellow became the colour of meditations. Monks and nuns robes are yellow so they can act as a constant reminder of the importance of clinging on, of not letting go, of not giving up the search for enlightenment. like a tree and a leaf, the leaf always tries to cling on but the wind pushes it of but if the leaf is strong then it wont fall of.

Some Monks and Nuns teach or write books but what about the Monks that do nothing but meditate. What good are they to the community?

If we compare a Buddhist monk or nun to a research scientist. The people support the research scientist as he sits in his laboratory making experiments because they hope that he will eventually discover or invent something that will help them. The same applies to a Buddhist community, it supports the meditating monk and nuns because it hopes that they will attain wisdom and insights that will be for the general good. But even before this happens or even if it doesn't, the meditating monk can still benefit others. In some modern places it is 'The Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous', with its extravagance, its when people spend a lot of money so that other people notice and like them for their wealth and allowing themselves to do anything they want which is held up as the ideal to follow, or at least to wish for. The example that the meditating monk sets reminds us that one doesn't have to be rich to be happy. It shows us that the gentle and simple lifestyle has its advantages too.

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What is the purpose of monks and nuns and what are they supposed to do?

I purposed an order (rules) of monks and nuns, and it was to provide an environment in which spiritual development (meditation ect.) would be easier. The community provide monks and nuns with their basic needs - food, clothing, shelter, and medicine - so they can devote their time to the study and practice of Buddhism. The ordered and simple lifestyle of the monastery is very useful to achieve a good inner peace and meditation. In return, monks and nuns are expected to ...

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