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.