19 March 2011

Cold Reality

In our lineage, priests, when not in robes, wear blue, black or gray clothing with no regular shirt collars but only crew or band collars.  It's not a difficult dress code to maintain, and I find that for me it reinforces the idea that my life – my whole life – is now lived as a priest. 

So yesterday I saw a priest of our lineage in lay attire.  It's not the first time I've seen him dressed like a layman, either. 

I don't know what to say, really.  It's sad on so many levels: for him, for me, for the local sangha, for the lineage, for the Dharma.  So very sad.

I don't know what to say.

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