Monastery life in Yangon

A serene silence is hanging in the air as we walk into the room of the monks. Some of them are reading, others are meditating. This is their safe base, the place where they eat, study and sleep.

Approximately 40 people live in the same room. It houses monks and ordinary residents who all contribute to the monastery. The younger ones taking care of the elderly and vice versa.

The oldest monk is 84 and has lived most of his life in the monastery. Starting as a little novice, later contributing as a Buddhist teacher and is now head of the monastery.

This simple but institutional way of living makes it possible for many boys to receive education and not to end up in the street.

We feel humble and grateful to be there as they give us the chance to observe their life from very close. 

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