Role Reversal for a Thai Monk

This picture has been doing the rounds a lot on Facebook recently. Not sure who the original photographer is any more. I think the reason that it has been so popular is the role reversal. Normally monks go out on their morning alms round collecting food and drink from local Buddhists. They often collect more than they need but temple rules forbid them from declining any offering. What we have in this picture are monks on an alms round emptying their bowls to give to a beggar. After all the bad press monks have been receiving lately, it is really good to see such a scene.

5 thoughts on “Role Reversal for a Thai Monk

  • December 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm
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    monk is not beger, monk only learn dhama don’t do business, they learn and teach people about religion about the way of life

    buddhist people cooking food for monk like cook food for your mum & dad

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    • December 17, 2012 at 3:29 pm
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      Yes, many people see it as begging but it is not. It’s almost like the monks doing a favour for lay people.

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  • December 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm
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    In the Chiangmai city, I have seen that many time in the morning. A few poor people would gather at a certain spot in the marketplace, and passing monks would leave their alms on the table nearby for them.

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  • December 19, 2012 at 8:05 am
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    yeah monks give wisdom to people and people take care them. it’s a complementary
    and the temple receive donated money from people after that distribute to villager around the temple such as develop a quality of life ,give food for poorer ,educated children which you see a little monk

    actually,have history about this since the prophet still alive

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  • December 22, 2012 at 9:54 pm
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    I’m Thai!
    Thanks for good story 🙂

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