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Laos, Luang Prabang.

This is my third and last posting of monks in Luang Prabang. Although 3 pictures might be already too many, I feel I would be unfair to this image not to share it on TE.

5.00 am. This is the time of the very silent walk of the monks out of all the monasteries to the daily alm bowls filling ceremony.

It would be wrong to consider that this daily ceremony is only meant to provide the monks with their daily amount of rice. Actually alms giving enables non-religious people to perform a significant merit-gaining action. And this is why so many of them line up waiting for the monks to come, so early in the morning, every day.
At the very moment of giving the rice alm into a monk's bowl, the kneeled person bends his/her head in respectful manner; as then, the monk *IS* Buddha himself. A total silence fills the air.

I took this picture, kneeling on the pavement. My own respectul way, I guess, to this swinging line of silent walking monks. But, of course, my eye was wide open into the viewfinder...

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