Photographer's Note

Here is a face I have seen on other pictures in TE. This picture was taken in the famous Bayon Temple in Angkor. I am sure there has been plenty of stories already written about this temple on TE... so I would like to tell you more about Buddhist Nuns.

During the Buddha's time, the ordination gradually developed from a simple consent to join his Order to a more complex public ceremony.

The first few hundred students were personally ordained by the Buddha. They simply asked him for permission to join the order and he accepted and invited them in.

Later, as the Sangha grew, it was not possible for all the students to see the Buddha, so the Buddha instructed his best students to ordain some of them. The newcomers had to shave their heads and (in the case of men) beards and put on robes.

Monks and nuns from different countries learn the Buddha's Teaching in their own language. Their robes look different as they come from different traditions, either Theravada or Mahayana. Monks and nuns from the Theravada tradition come from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos. Those from Mahayana countries are Tibetan, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese.

Men become monks. Monks usually get up at five o'clock in the morning. They study the Buddha's teachings after breakfast. Sometimes they teach Dharma to people in the afternoon. In the evening, they meditate. They keep their minds clean and have kind hearts.

Women become nuns. They shave their heads. They usually wear robes of brown, yellow or grey. They also study the Dharma and meditate. They live simple lives and work hard for the happiness of people. They are wise and cheerful, just like the monks.

I hope you like this picture!

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