Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day: Young Monks Resting At Angkor Wat, Cambodia

While exploring the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia in January 2003, three young monks in saffron robes who were taking a break from their studies asked me to take their picture and I was happy to oblige. The contrast between their youth and their brightly colored garments and the ancient grey stone ruins was startling. Most young Buddhist men enter the monkhood at the age of 13 for a short period of time (usually less than a year) to study the Buddhist five basic precepts: abstain from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and intoxication and generally, to receive instruction on how to live a moral life.

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