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Friday, April 6, 2012

The Veggie Monk

[This essay was originally posted to "The Third Tale," a blog on Weebly. In transferring it I have updated and made corrections where necessary.]

Last November, Lila and I had the pleasure of visiting Shaolin Temple, where my former student and good friend Venerable Yanti resides (though he was in Russia at the time--teaching English and kung fu to children!)

After visiting the main compound, we walked a short way to the "pagoda compound" (which I liked even better than the main temple). While we were there, this monk walked by with the veggies.

I wonder for how many centuries this same scene has been enacted on the same spot?

Categories: Art, Buddhism, China, Photography, Temples, Vegetarianism

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