The privileges of being a monk

Two buddhist monks travelling comfortably from Mandaly to Bagan, Myanmar

Two buddhist monks travelling comfortably from Mandaly to Bagan, Myanmar

 

I still have mixed feelings about Buddhist monks. Some of them are deeply religious and seemingly devoted to what they believe in, while others chat with on their mobiles, smoke and ride about on motorbikes.

 

Monks seldom work, and if they do - its mostly for purpose of the monastery. If the same monastery has to be built, it is usually done with the hands of a local community.

They make their living gathering alms.

As one inhabitant of Myanmar said, "If everybody becomes a monk - who will build roads and houses, plant and process rice? Who will work? Who will make children?"

 

On a boat from Mandalay to Bagan, I've seen two of the types - two young guys were comfortably sitting in a front of the boat, VIP spot, their legs on the chair. And elder monk at the same time was sitting on the floor together with all other people.

 

Elderly monk travelling from Mandalay to Bagan, Myanmar

Elderly monk travelling from Mandalay to Bagan, Myanmar

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Cringel Jurga's picture

and as in those medieval

and as in those medieval times in Europe - in Myanmar you almos can buy an indulgence by giving the alms to the monks, goldening Buda statues and building new pagodas. No matter that at the same time you are maybe exploring your own people.