I confess. I didn't know what color the robes the Dalai Lama wears were. I really didn even know what the robes he wears are called: robes. Duh. I guess it is all filed under "Duh." But it is interesting to know that the Dalai Lama wears a specific color robe (maroon) that because of the saffron dye used, comes out golden. And the answer I found to the question of this blog is cited below. It comes from Wikianswers.com. I honestly don't know how reliable this cited site is, but it rings true and should be easy enough to verify. But this blog is not really about the color of the Dalai Lama's robes. No, its really about how our minds drift from time to time and begin to wonder about things of no consequence, like the color of the DL's robes, interesting as the reason may be. And what about the last sentence about the blue piping of the vest: "The story of the blue piping in interesting." Well? Why? It doesn't say. And it doesn't really matter.
I guess what I am saying curiosity can take you down many roads you never thought you would go. It can detour you from you goals, though. There are many paths and paths to be forged in the forests of life. What color is are the DL's robes? Maroon. Weren't you paying attention?
The Dalai Lama said "Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace." In this case it might be my behavior that might destroy your inner peace. But come on. It should take much more than my asking this sidebar type question that should destroy your inner peace. I am sure the DL would say as I do, get over it. Laugh. It is the best medicine.
"His Holiness wears the color of saffron. As a raw plant, saffron is maroon in color, so most of His Holiness' robes are maroon (typical of all Tibetan Buddhist monastics.) When saffron is used as a dye, the color comes out golden, and therefore some of the robes are also golden in color. So from a western perspective, His Holiness and all Tibetan Buddhist monastics wear primarily maroon with some golden cloth. There is also blue piping around the edges of the tongak (vest.) The story of the blue piping is interesting."