Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The young Monk with his Puppy

The young Monk with his Puppy
I met this young monk in a Tibetan monastery at Pokhara. Beside being a graceful boy he turned out to be a dog lover too and his pup was kinda cute. Being a part of the Sangha,right from this age he lives on mendicancy, ideally eating once a day and keeping just five things- the traditional robe, a razor, a needle, an alms bowl and a water strainer as his personal belongings! Perhaps he's a sramanera as of now and by twenty years of biological age probably he'll ordain as a bhikkhu (Buddhist monk). It's never easy to lead such a life... don't believe me? Well, try spending a day without your smartphone and you'll realize it yourself.

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    1. Not exactly Pankti... by 20 yrs of age he'll be a full fledged monk if he doesn't back out :-)

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    2. Of course he won't because he doesn't know any other way :) Ignorance is bliss. A free choice would be the one when a kid from an urban city takes the path of sainthood :)

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  2. When i read that he can keep only 5 things and thought to myself which would be my list of 5 things, i ended up as 5 is too less. I agree its a difficult life or perhaps we have widened our comfort zone too much. Needless to say its a wonderful click Anunoy.

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    1. Shweta, everyday my resolution of living a minimalistic life fails... yet I never give up :-P

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  3. I've seen just kids as monks in the Pemyangtse Monastery of Sikkim... and they always look so contended...

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    1. You're right Maniparna... subsequently I'll post photos of younger boys aspiring to be monks :-)

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  4. Such calm and content eyes.....rare in a child of today!

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    1. Not just child Datta... you won't find much in adults too :-P

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  5. I never knew monks could only keep 5 things.. I met a wonderful monk in Ladakh and he told me a lot about Budhism . They had a school for all the young monks where they were taught reading, writing and meditation

    Nothing can ever beat the peace you get at a monestry

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    1. Ritika, if you ever manage to visit Kalimpong you can see many such beautiful institutions... I assume, McLeod Ganj would be having such schools too :-)

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    2. and yes, like you I too find peace and much more satisfaction in a monastery than our Hindu temples :-/

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  6. An hour without the smartphone is a challenge...a day would be a Nobel-worthy feat !!! :D

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