Luang Prabang, Laos: Monks setting out from their monastery to collect morning alms.
For Lao Buddhists, “making merit” is an important aspect of everyday life. Merit is accured to offset any sins one may have committed and to ensure that one’s next incarnation will be better than the present one.Giving alms to Buddhist monks is one way to make merit.
Every day at daybreak, Buddhists monks leave their monasteries to collect food offerings from laypeople. Sticky rice, a staple in Laos, is put in the monks’ bowls. These offerings not only feed the monks, but are also distributed by the monks to the needy. Merit acquired by giving alms brings the giver good fortune in this life and the next.


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  • Marjolein Katsma
    Marjolein Katsmaover 2 years ago

    And… the food collected is not only to feed the monks, nut they share it with the needy. I liked the Lao flavor of Buddhism, so much more integrated in daily life than in Thailand!

  • Thanks. I added your extra info to the description. I agree with you on the integrated nature of Buddhism in Lao daily life. In Burma, Buddhism plays the same integrated role as in Laos.

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • Hilton Luckey
    Hilton Luckeyover 2 years ago

    Great shot i could never get up early to get one

  • Thanks, Hilton.

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • kappisan
    kappisanover 2 years ago

    Love this Image…!:)
    (especially çause of the dogs walking along,and the little boy sitting there,and the front-mand looking around to “get things done”!:D)

  • Thank you!

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 2 years ago

    What’s the excellent artwork of my day, I love how you have arrangement. I’m happy when consider your work:)
    Best regards,
    For your thoughtfully; Nature Quote of the Day
    It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.
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  • Thank you & for the favorite too.

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • JodieT
    JodieTalmost 2 years ago

    This is so stunning and certainly deserves more attention!!!!!! The procession of the morning of monks and dogs and the little child peering through the gap makes this really special.

  • Thanks for adding it to your favorites, Jodie. I like all the little details too.

    – Ethna Gillespie

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