Light at Sera Monastery
I met this friendly little Tibetan Monk at the Sera Monastery during my short trip. He was in the middle of a courtyard full of monks who were engaged in the famous Monk Debates, which are a sort of verbal sparring match used as a method for teaching monks about Buddhism. The basic premise is that one monk asks a questions and the other has a limited amount of time to answer. It gets exciting though because the monk asking the questions makes martial art-like gestures while the monk sitting on the floor tries to retort before he gets a figurative karate chop to the head. The questions are all relating to the teachings of Buddha and are meant to test their knowledge. It was fun to watch these, otherwise peaceful dudes, let out some steam with all their crazy gestures and yelling about.
Why the heck did I process this photo so that the little monk is shrouded in darkness? Well, just look at the relentless peace and optimism emanating from his face, despite of everything going on out there. It just seemed appropriate that he would give off light in the darkness.