Pants for stay at a monastery.

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Pants for stay at a monastery.

Post by PsychedelicSunSet » Wed May 14, 2014 12:12 am

I'm going to be staying at Abhayagiri, and other monasteries this summer. I'm not sure what kind of pants would be best to bring. I'm thinking I'll be needing something that is cool, as it's going to be fairly hot during the day, that have enough give to be able to meditate in, but that I can also potentially do work outdoors in. I'm kind of at a loss for what would work, and thought that the collective experience of DW'ers would be able to provide an answer. What kind of pants have you all brought and found worked well for staying at monasteries (not just as a retreat, but where you're doing work as well.)


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Re: Pants for stay at a monastery.

Post by Nicro » Wed May 14, 2014 1:43 am

Your best bet would be Thai fisherman pants or a sarong would be good.

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Post by culaavuso » Wed May 14, 2014 1:49 am

Dickies Work Pants are sturdy enough to do outdoor work but can also be comfortable for sitting meditation if sized appropriately. Something similar is probably sold in the UK. It's probably best to find a physical store to make sure they fit comfortably for all purposes rather than buying them online.

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Re: Pants for stay at a monastery.

Post by PsychedelicSunSet » Wed May 14, 2014 2:05 am

Nicro wrote:Your best bet would be Thai fisherman pants or a sarong would be good.

I'll be bringing some Thai Fisherman pants, but I don't think they'll be best for outdoor work.


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Re: Pants for stay at a monastery.

Post by Mkoll » Wed May 14, 2014 3:01 am

When I was there about a year ago, they provided work clothes for us. They have a stash of them. I don't remember if they had pants for sure but I think they did.

I'm sure they'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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Re: Pants for stay at a monastery.

Post by waterchan » Wed May 14, 2014 8:49 am

Nicro wrote:Your best bet would be Thai fisherman pants or a sarong would be good.
A sarong is great! :twothumbsup: If you haven't tried one, you should. The most comfortable clothing ever! I don't know if people wear it at Abhayagiri but if you're worried about standing out, at least it makes great sleepwear.
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Re: Pants for stay at a monastery.

Post by James the Giant » Wed May 14, 2014 10:25 am

Most comfy, practical and useful pants I ever had at the monastery: military surplus M-65 pants, in black tropical weight fabric.
Comfy, quite baggy with lots of room for sitting, hard wearing, black to hide the dirt, and millions of pockets.
I'd still be using them if I could get them in tropical-weight white, but all the white M-65s I've seen are for extremely cold weather use.
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Re: Pants for stay at a monastery.

Post by PsychedelicSunSet » Thu May 15, 2014 6:53 pm

James the Giant wrote:Most comfy, practical and useful pants I ever had at the monastery: military surplus M-65 pants, in black tropical weight fabric.
Comfy, quite baggy with lots of room for sitting, hard wearing, black to hide the dirt, and millions of pockets.
I'd still be using them if I could get them in tropical-weight white, but all the white M-65s I've seen are for extremely cold weather use.

I ended up getting some summer-weight ABU trousers. Thanks for the suggestion, I'll be be in a lot of hot/foresty/mountainy areas this summer, and I think they'll serve me well for doing work and mediating in those kinda locales.

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Re: Pants for stay at a monastery.

Post by lojong1 » Fri May 16, 2014 5:26 am

Martial art 'gi' pants are good for meditation and work. Most I've seen have a gusseted crotch, which is what I love most about them. Material thickness, type of fit and color varies. Easy to find used online.

Negatives: No pockets, unless you make one.

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Re: Pants for stay at a monastery.

Post by Ben » Fri May 16, 2014 1:26 pm

What I would wear are some of my guiding trousers. They are modern light-weight quick-dry fabric. They are comfortable and functional.
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