Guam Buddhist Sangha

American Humanistic Buddhism

FAQ: Why do the Venerables shave their heads, and what are the scars on their heads? July 6, 2010

Filed under: FAQ — memeandbojo @ 5:12 am

Why do the Venerables shave their heads?
Shaving the head signifies renunciation and detachment from worldly pleasures. From the traditional Buddhist viewpoint, hair
represents impurity. Removing it is symbolic of getting rid of defilement.

What are the three circular marks on the heads of Venerables?
During the Fo Guang monastic ordination, three pieces of burning incense are placed on their heads, thus producing permanent circular scars. These marks represent:

  1. The Triple Gem – the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.
  2. The three vows of ridding oneself of bad habits and thought, cultivation of good, and having the wisdom to help release others from suffering
  3. Morality, concentration, and wisdom
 

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