Old Monk at Sera Monastery
Category: Spontaneous Moments
Photo and caption by Meryl Page
This old monk was shuffling up the hill behind Sera Monastery past the Buddha rock painting on his way to the hermitage, when I saw him and took this photo. He was making very slow, but determined progress. I stayed where I was so I wouldn't startle him. When he reached me, through the help of a translator, I found out that he was 85 years old and had joined the monastery as a small boy. He was delightful to talk too. But he told me he was too old and dull to be of interest to a foreigner. So he showed me where the monastery kitchen was, and actually got the cook to give me a tour.
Location: Sera Monastery, Lhasa, Tibet
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