The Buddhist monastic robe is so versatile that it can be used, as a blanket, a seat-spread, a groundsheet, a head-cover, a windbreak, etc. It is easy to clean and repair. It is perhaps the oldest style of dress still in fashion after 2,500 years.
The robes serve not just as a kind of uniform to remind the wearer that he or she is a member of a larger universal community, but is itself an object of reflection to be worn "properly considering them: only to ward off cold, to ward off heat, to ward off the touch of insects, wind, sun and reptiles; only for keeping myself decent". Above all, they remind the wearer that he or she has committed him or herself to high spiritual ideals — to master the Dharma, liberate oneself and show others the Way.
In Buddhism, Saffron is the color of illumination, the highest state of perfection. The saffron colors of robes to be worn by monks were defined by the Buddha himself and his followers in the 5th century B.C. The robe and its color is a sign of renunciation of the outside world and commitment to the order.
The monk's robe goes back to the Buddha's own time for, it was He who introduced it to the early monks. The "triple robe" (tricivara) comprises an inner garment or waistcloth (antaravasaka), an upper robe (uttarsanga) and outer robe (sanghati). In addition to these, the nun also wears a vest or bodice (samkacchika) and has a bathing-cloth (udakasatika) which altogether comprise her "fivefold robe".
If you drink brewed tea, you will be graceful and your dreams will come true. What a cool!
Ledi Sayadaw U Ñanadhaja (1846 – 1923)
Tea is commonly consumed at social events, and many cultures have created intricate formal ceremonies for these events. Myanmar is one of the few countries in the world that have traditionally grown tea to eat as well. Tea plays a prominent role in the culture and daily life of the Myanmar people.
Tea is not only drunk but eaten in Myanmar. It is called lahpet so (tea wet) in contrast to lahpet chauk (tea dry) or akyan jauk (crude dry) with which green tea—yeinway jan or lahpet yeijan meaning plain or crude tea—is made. Laphet is a national tradition and all special occasions such as festivals and weddings will include it.
Myanmar people believed that tea growing was first initiated and introduced during the Bagan era. Legend has it that King Alaung Sithu, (AD1113-1167) on his majestic royal tour to Namhsan, a small town in Northern Shan State, presented some tea seeds to the local Palaung people in that area.
We have just traveled to Loikaw,and took a direct bus from Yangon. We left at noon and arrived in Loikaw at 5.30 am. The bus was one of those more exclusive that go to Mandalay, Lashio, Bagan, Inle.
We went to Mya Ka Lup pagoda, Shwe Let War (Golden Finger pagoda), Shwe, New, Padamyar (Golden, Silver, Ruby Hills close to Demawso), Nagayon Zar Pagoda, Htee Pwint Kan (Umbrella Lake). Apart from places closest to Loikaw and a village with a few Padaung ladies. Anyways, we are as well to kyet cave which was awesome. There is a small hut on the entrance of the cave where a monk lives – he went to the cave with us and they treated us with coffee, biscuits and entertain my guide with stories as it was raining outside.
Shinbyu or notivate is a Buddhist religious ceremony. Shinbyu means making a novice. Hence, this ceremony is held to celebrate the Buddhist rite of initiating a boy into the Buddha’s Order and to inherit the Buddha’s legacy. In other words, a boy is made into a novice at Shinbyu.
Semolina pudding is a porridge-type pudding made from semolina, which is cooked with milk, or a mixture of milk and water. It is often served with sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, raisins, fruit, or syrup. A similar consistency to rice pudding can also be made by using more semolina and by baking, rather than boiling.