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A Buddhist monk lights a candle at Wat Phra Dhammakaya during a ceremony on Makha Bucha Day in Pathum Thani province, north of Bangkok February 22, 2016. (Photo by Jorge Silva/Reuters)

A Buddhist monk lights a candle at Wat Phra Dhammakaya during a ceremony on Makha Bucha Day in Pathum Thani province, north of Bangkok February 22, 2016. Makha Bucha Day honours Buddha and his teachings, and falls on the full moon day of the third lunar month. (Photo by Jorge Silva/Reuters)
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23 Feb 2016 11:32:00
In this photograph taken on July 7, 2018, an Indian Buddhist monk plays with the wind amongst prayer flags on a hill overlooking Tnagyud Gompa monastery in Komik in Spiti Valley in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. (Photo by Xavier Galiana/AFP Photo)

In this photograph taken on July 7, 2018, an Indian Buddhist monk plays with the wind amongst prayer flags on a hill overlooking Tnagyud Gompa monastery in Komik in Spiti Valley in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. (Photo by Xavier Galiana/AFP Photo)
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10 Aug 2018 00:03:00
A novice monk holds a book during an inauguration ceremony at Jogye temple in Seoul, May 11, 2015. Ten children on Monday were given the opportunity to experience life as Buddhist monks by staying at the temple until Buddha's birthday in two weeks. The writing on the book reads, “Novice Monk Prayer”. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

A novice monk holds a book during an inauguration ceremony at Jogye temple in Seoul, May 11, 2015. Ten children on Monday were given the opportunity to experience life as Buddhist monks by staying at the temple until Buddha's birthday in two weeks. The writing on the book reads, “Novice Monk Prayer”. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)
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12 May 2015 11:41:00
Robot Xian'er is placed in the main building of Longquan Buddhist temple for photographs by the temple's staff, on the outskirts of Beijing, April 20, 2016. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

Robot Xian'er is placed in the main building of Longquan Buddhist temple for photographs by the temple's staff, on the outskirts of Beijing, April 20, 2016. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)
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23 Apr 2016 13:43:00
Devotees bow to a passingTibetan Buddhist monk on his way to take part in a special prayer during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 5, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Devotees bow to a passingTibetan Buddhist monk on his way to take part in a special prayer during Monlam or the Great Prayer rituals on March 5, 2015 at the Labrang Monastery, Xiahe County, Amdo, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. Labrang Monastery is one of the six great monasteries of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism and one of the largest outside of the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Monlam, the most important prayer event for many Tibetans was banned during the Cultural Revolution in China but once again in recent years it is celebrated in many areas. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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14 Mar 2015 14:37:00
Monks take a tiger out of its cage for an afternoon walk at the Wat Pa Luangta Bua monastery in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Monks take a tiger out of its cage for an afternoon walk June 5, 2001 at the Wat Pa Luangta Bua monastery in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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06 Dec 2011 13:13:00
Jamvang Sangpo  19 years old

Jamvang Sangpo 19 years old

"Thought for today" - Kopan Monastery, April 2011
The life as a monk is not one long struggle against oneself, a life of repentence and wishful thinking a partial or stunted life. It is full of rich and brings an inner tranquility comfort that far surpasses any other kind of comfort. I have known before or since..
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08 May 2015 12:00:00


A monk prays during the annual Fire Festival held at the Konjoin Temple on June 28, 2006 in Nasushiobara, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. Every year around 1000 visitors come to participate and to wish for good luck at the 1200 year old Temple. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)
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02 Jul 2011 13:38:00