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VIETNAM 2013 #30

By JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
The monks at Vam Ray Pagoda eat their food in near silence. Some talk very quietly but the majority just eat.

The vinaya (code of conduct) says that a monk should only eat what is offered to him and he should accept any item without showing pleasure or displeasure. This explains the lack of expression on the monks’ s faces.

The food has been offered by people in the village. The offering of food to the monks is called “dana” and has been the tradition from the days of the Buddha. Every day, the monks walk in the village and are given food.

The monks, in photo Vietnam 2013 #24, were coming back from the village with the “dana”.
A “dana” is an act of generosity without the aim of selfish gain or expecting some benefit in return.

Tags: Monk Vietnam Mekong delta Landscape and travel TRA VINH PROVINCE CHUA VAM RAY PAGODA KHMER KROM THERAVADA BUDDHISM HAM GIANG HAM TAM COMMUNE TRA CU DISTRICT

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Comments


ColleenA Plus
7 411 6 Australia
23 Jun 2013 12:54PM
This is such an interesting series, and I have learnt so much. Thanks for sharing a great capture

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23 Jun 2013 12:58PM
Love the image and the narrative is very interesting
Maurice
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
23 Jun 2013 2:13PM
Sit quietly and enjoy the meal! What a great idea Jean-Noel.GrinGrin
Ron
MalcolmS Plus
13 1.2k 13 England
23 Jun 2013 6:26PM
Well observed shot Jen-Noel

Malcolm
moiral 9 12 Scotland
23 Jun 2013 9:56PM
Another good insight into the monk's lives within the community. Moira
EMJAYCEE Plus
10 10 10 England
23 Jun 2013 10:52PM
I learn and enjoy from your pics and write ups Jean-Noel.
Joan.

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