Monks (almost) in the Moment

Category: Spontaneous Moments


Photo and caption by Tracee Anderson

Around 85 percent of Myanmar’s 50 million people are Buddhist and about half a million people in the country enter monasteries and devote their lives to Buddhist practice. Buddhist boys in Myanmar are expected to spend at least a little time in a monastery. They learn the basics of the faith and earn merit—a kind of spiritual credit that will benefit themselves and their family in this and future lives. For poor families, it can also be a way to provide room and board and education for a son. This photo shows the universal joy of friendship and the irrepressible exuberance of boys!

Location: Shwedagon Paya, Yangon, Myanmar


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