Drukpa in Yellow Hats

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Tashi_Gyatso2022
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Drukpa in Yellow Hats

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I was curious if anyone knew more about the Drukpa wearing curved yellow hats during ceremonies.
I always thought the curved yellow hat was only worn by the Geluk (and most recently Karma Kagyu). Every picture I see now of ceremonies from the Gyalwang Drukpa and Drukpa communities in Ladakh shows the monastics wearing yellow hats. Earliest photo I found was from 2018, but my search wasn’t exhaustive by any means. Have the Drukpa been employing yellow hats from the beginning or is this a newer phenomenon?

Thank you for any guidance!
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Is there a link to some pictures of Drukpas wearing yellow hats?
Even Google couldn't help me :shrug:
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Do you mean the crested hat a bit reminiscent of a Greek hoplite helmet? I have a picture of Kusum Lingpa. a Nyingmapa terton, wearing one, which I also thought unusual. Someone ought to corner a teacher skilled in these things and ask him before the lore dies out completely. Than again, it could be a modern innovation.
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Those hats signify monastic morality and are worn in some ceremonies by monks, regardless of lineage. They pre-date Tsong Khapa, if I recall, but were used pretty rarely prior to Geluk’s rise.
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It is realized through the blessing grace of the Guru and fortunate Karmic potential.
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The Tibetan monastic tradition of wearing yellow hats began with the revival of the monk ordination in the 11th century and was later adopted by the Gelug and other tradition as a symbol of renewed monastic purity.
https://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-s ... yellow-hat

Tibetan Monk Hat
https://www.greattibettour.com/tibetan- ... k-hat.html
https://www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm?setID=3826
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What I was talking about is the hat worn by the monk who is face to face with HH in the "study buddhism" link. Is that what you were referring to , conebeckham?
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tingdzin wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 3:06 pm What I was talking about is the hat worn by the monk who is face to face with HH in the "study buddhism" link. Is that what you were referring to , conebeckham?
Yes.
དམ་པའི་དོན་ནི་ཤེས་རབ་ཆེ་བ་དང་།
རྟོག་གེའི་ཡུལ་མིན་བླ་མའི་བྱིན་རླབས་དང་།
སྐལ་ལྡན་ལས་འཕྲོ་ཅན་གྱིས་རྟོགས་པ་སྟེ།
དེ་ནི་ཤེས་རབ་ལ་ནི་ལོ་རྟོག་སེལ།།


"Absolute Truth is not an object of analytical discourse or great discriminating wisdom,
It is realized through the blessing grace of the Guru and fortunate Karmic potential.
Like this, mistaken ideas of discriminating wisdom are clarified."
- (Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, from his summary of "The Ocean of Definitive Meaning")
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Hi all— thank you for contributing. So, to clarify I am referring to the crested yellow hat and not the yellow pandit hat.
I am going to post some links to Drukpa monastics wearing it:

https://www.drukpa.org.uk/about/drukpa-nuns.html


https://www.facebook.com/share/v/ozPC94 ... tid=WC7FNe

Scroll through the Drukpa Facebook and instagram and you’ll see plenty of examples of monastics in the curved yellow hat. I also see them in the curved red hat— so they are wearing both? I also attached a photo that shows the Gyalwang Drukpa of Ladakh wearing said hat.

PS I am only referring to Drukpa lineage outside of Bhutan.
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