Why Buddhist Monks and Nuns Have Shaven Head, Offering Bowl and Robe
The Buddhist monks and nuns own only few things like robes and offering bowl. Also, they shave their heads to lead a simple Sangha life. They are not concerned about their outward appearance, but with their spirituality. The shaven head means the monks and nuns renounced their home life and are part of the Buddhist Sangha.
Monks and nuns go to people asking for food. They take whatever is offered to them and wonâ€™t beg for anything. This practice is to make them be humble and also give people an opportunity to donate and in turn gain some virtue. In some countries, there is a practice that laypeople go to the Buddhist monasteries to make offerings.
The robes the monks and nuns wear are simple and are made from cotton or linen. The color of the robes changes from country to country depending on the Buddhist beliefs and practices relevant to that country. For instance, in Thailand Buddhists wear yellow robes, and in Japan black robes. In China and Korea, Buddhist monks and nuns wear gray and brown robes. In Tibet dark red robes are their dress practice.
Robes and offering bowls are part of the Buddhism practice of monks and nuns. The Buddha said, “Just as a bird takes its wings with it wherever it flies, so the monk takes his robes and bowl with him wherever he goes.”