Album of Eighteen Arhat Paintings
Date: 17th-18th century
Color on Bo tree leaves and mounted on blue paper
The Metropolitan Museum of Art 【菩提葉十八羅漢圖】
#repost from @jason.elias
A young monk at Angkor Wat in Cambodia at sunrise.
Sunrise as I met this young monk in the halls of Angkor Wat, the massive temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
I have been to the temples of Angkor four separate times and one of the things I find so interesting is how tourists and visitors can change a place. So often when I travel I try to head to places that are as untouched as possible so that I can shoot in a way that is undisturbed from the authentic culture that is there. But there is a huge fallacy in this argument as by simply going anywhere, I become that corrupting influence that I am trying so desperately to avoid. ANd it is made even worse by my choice to bring expensive cameras and have people allow me to take theri portraits. Now I am not arguing this from a place that these indigenous communities are pure and the westerner comes in to destroy that, as that smacks of the "noble savage" argument. Instead what I am saying is that in places where tourism and especially photography are rampant, you get situations like at Angkor Wat where perhaps over half of the monks you see are "fake monks", or young men who dress in saffron or crimson robes simply so tourists will take their photos for money. So was this monk real? No way to know for sure. But he didn't ask for money.
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How other people treat you is their own reflections ... not your own reflections.
If they value you, they put relationship first not other things first.
I been assisting my exs to be better to earn millions dollars, boost their businesses, and winning awards but most of times they value money, fame, and ego not me.
It's not how much I did for them but how much they did for me is none... Sadly, these days hard to find people who value people & relationships but other things😓
He is not a monk just because he lives on others' alms. Not by adopting outward form does one become a true monk. Whoever here (in the Dispensation) lives a holy life, transcending both merit and demerit, and walks with understanding in this world — he is truly called a monk (The Dhammapada states). Bhikkhu literally means "beggar" or "one who lives by alms". The historical Buddha, Prince Siddhartha, having abandoned a life of pleasure and status, lived as an alms mendicant as part of his śramaṇa lifestyle. Those of his more serious students who renounced their lives as householders and came to study full-time under his supervision also adopted this lifestyle. These full-time student members of the sangha became the community of ordained monastics who wandered from town to city throughout the year, living off alms and stopping in one place only for the Vassa, the rainy months of the monsoon season.
In the Dhammapada commentary of Buddhaghoṣa, a bhikkhu is defined as "the person who sees danger (in samsara or cycle of rebirth)" (Pāli: Bhayaṃ ikkhatīti: bhikkhu). He therefore seeks ordination to obtain release from it.
For historical reasons, the full ordination of women has been unavailable to Theravada and Vajrayana practitioners, although recently the full ordination for women has been reintroduced to many areas.