Here I was at HighLine Park when I saw this monk walking there. By the hair style and clothes I think it is a Buddhism monk.
Being a visitor to Southeast Asia (especially in Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia), you’ll notice Buddhist monks wearing Orange Robes and an almost skin tight hair cut. Why you may ask? What does it both symbolize?
The saffron (for a more appropriate name for the color) robes monk wear dates back centuries. Orange was chosen mainly because of the dye available at the time. The tradition stuck and orange is now the color of choice for Theravada Buddhist followers in Southeast Asia, as opposed to a maroon color for Tibetan monks. The robes themselves are meant to symbolize simplicity and detachment of materialism.
And what about the hair? Why is it shaved? A monk’s hair is shaved off so to symbolize simplicity and detachment of materialism. Yes, it’s as simple as that. How many times have you stood in front of the mirror and combed your hair? Or styled it? Or complained about a bad hair day? This is exactly what does not happen with a shaved head.
Learn more about this religion with our Buddhism Explored program in Laos. Some say Buddhism is more than just a religion, it is actually a philosophy of how to live a fulfilling life.
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danos (96842) 2014-01-09 9:26
nice the snapshot with the Buddhist monk to walk on the pedestrian bridge,this brilliant day of March.Good presentation as light and colour maangement.
siamesa (28117) 2014-01-09 16:15
E o cara jamais vai saber que foi fotografado. Eu adoro esse tipo de fotos, nem que digam que é invasão, mas ficou tão bonita que vale a pena.
jhm (151570) 2014-01-10 4:00
You took a very well daily life picture of these monk.
These picture is real nice through the colour and subject.
Sharpness and clarity make these picture attractive.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
m (0) 2014-01-11 11:50
the Big Apple and the buddhist monk, that's the city of contrasts!:) A nice shot from daily life, well seen!
nikkitta (17066) 2014-01-25 16:05
From the begining I was sure it was taken at this quite original place as is the High Line add the orange touch of the monk and you have a great, interesting capture
Enjoy it, congrats
- Copyright: Andre Bonavita (bona) (13737)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-03-20
- Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Canon EF 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: March in New York City
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-09 8:54