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VIETNAM 2013 #47

By JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
A scene repeated everyday at roughly the same time, the monks coming with the food they collected in town from people making offerings to the monastery. A similar scene was up-loaded as #24 at Vam Ray Pagoda LINK .

Offering food is one of the oldest Buddhist rituals. The first monks begged for their food. This tradition is continuing as monks still rely on alms for most of their food.

Giving alms is not seen as charity but as a spiritual connection between laypeople and monasteries.
Food is received with gratitude and reverence.

Tags: Pagoda Vietnam Monks Landscape and travel CHAU THANH DISTRICT TRA VINH PROVINCE KHMER KROM THERAVADA BUDDHISM CHUA HANG NGUYET HOA COMMUNE

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tomcat 13 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2013 8:56AM
With their prowess and knowledge, I am surprised they do not grow their own crops
Just a thought

Adrian

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To answer Tomcat's question: the first Buddhist monks and nuns were forbidden from growing, storing, or cooking their own food; they relied entirely on the generosity of alms to feed themselves, and were not allowed to accept money to buy their own food.

They could not make special dietary requests, and had to accept whatever food almsgivers had available, including meat.

Monks and nuns of the Theravada school of Buddhism still follow these strictures today.
boov 6 2 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2013 9:31AM
Super set... V4 just...
CarolG 12 199 20 Greece
9 Jul 2013 9:43AM
How wonderful that they still stick to the old traditions, although I don't understand the reasoning behind being forbidding the growing/storing/cooking their own produce. Carol
rontear Plus
16 8 8 England
9 Jul 2013 9:50AM
Always photogenic Jean.
Ron.
9 Jul 2013 10:10AM
To answer CarolG's question:

Why don't monks cook food?
Being dependent is another form of renunciation; it frustrates desire. Not being able to cook (or store food, or eat in the afternoon, or dig in the ground) means that I am not able to do just what 'I' want, how 'I' want, when 'I' want - it's that 'I' bit again, the ego thing. If you study the four noble truths you will see that desire, wanting, is the cause of suffering. Often it is only by challenging desire that we can see the things we are attached to. (http://www.buddhamind.info/leftside/sumaries/q-a/mon-is.htm)
Richsr 12 91 223 England
9 Jul 2013 10:50AM
As Ron says they are certainly photogenic, a good set JN
Regards Richard
taggart Plus
14 47 13 United States
9 Jul 2013 1:30PM
V4 is my favorite-- I am enjoying this series----sorry as I am not able to comment as much as I would like to--- (Summer is very busy here)
richmowil Plus
10 369 2 England
9 Jul 2013 1:40PM
Wonderful set!!V4 for me too!! Excellent!!
danbrann 14 640 17
9 Jul 2013 3:40PM
An excellent set JN.
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
9 Jul 2013 4:01PM

Quote:With their prowess and knowledge, I am surprised they do not grow their own crops
Just a thought

Adrian


Got to have sympathy with this point of view Jean-Noel.GrinGrinGrin
Ron

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