Dhammapada, Stanza 9

Version 1:

One not free of defilements,
Who will don a yellow robe,
That one, devoid of control and truth,
Is not worthy of a yellow robe.

Version 2:

[One] who, depraved,
of truthfulness
and self-control,
puts on the ochre robe,
doesn’t deserve the ochre robe.

Version 3:

Whoever being depraved, devoid of self-control and truthfulness, should don the monk’s yellow robe, [they] surely [are] not worthy of the robe.


It doesn’t matter what we wear – street clothes or religious clothes. Our actions in body, speech, and mind cannot be hidden beneath even a thousand layers. Seeing things as they are, practicing with open heart and open mind, then we dress like Buddhas, no matter the style or the color!

(Note: Version 1 is from the John Ross Carter and Mahinda Palihawadana translation. Version 2 is from the Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation. Version 3 is from the Acharya Buddharakkhita translation. I have switched gendered pronouns for non-gendered pronouns. This is indicated with brackets.)

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