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The Little Monk from Sera Monastery

… I sometimes run out of creative titles for these pictures. Have you heard of the famous “Monk Debates”? They are held in Sera Monastery and are both a form of verbal sparing as well 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. But it is more lively that than. 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 I am sure they are really tough to answer, because this little monk kept making a can-you-repeat-the-question face. It was fun to watch these otherwise, peaceful dudes, let out some steam with all their crazy gestures and yelling around.

… I feel your pain little monk, I wouldn’t know the answer to half those questions …

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