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Spitting Monks

During my trip to Myanmar, I spent a lot of time with novice monks including visiting monasteries and their living quarters and even spending few hours in the early morning walking with them as they walked door to door to collect food. I always find a wonderful sense of calm and self restraint in these novice monks and was very warmly welcomed as they often nervously/often eagerly chatted with me in English (one of six subjects they study) and I feel I made many friends on this trip.

While waiting and watching them climb the stairs to/from their living quarters, I was able to capture a moment where a young novice monk ran down the stairs and spit out the window in mid flight. ┬áMaybe this was one of what Steve McCurry called “The Unguarded Moment” or maybe this was a child being a child.

I will be gone for a few days to Oxford, England and hope to be able to complete my thoughts about my Myanmar trip sitting in a cozy cafe overlooking the University.

March 1, 2011 - 2:08 pm

Arif - Thank you Norman for taking the time to comment. I feel that the attempt to understand is the first step to communication and an important step in acceptance. It opens the doors for the other person to allow you in to and to share and helps build that mutual respect that allows for the picture to be created.

Thanks again,

March 1, 2011 - 12:37 pm

Norman Choi - I enjoyed reading your brief write up on how you have taken the effort and time to get to ‘know & understand’ the culture and the true meaning within which – well done!