Photographer's Note

The alms round is a key feature of the monastic life and the alms bowl is, for all Buddhists, a symbol of the monastic order.

There are a lot of rules for monks around eating. Foods must be offered by hand from a layperson, though monks who have received food can share, or trade, offerings with other monks. Most foods must be consumed by noon the day they are offered, so cannot be saved for a snack or for the next day’s meal.

Filtered fruit juices may be offered and consumed after noon, until dawn the next day. Sugar, molasses, honey and butter may be consumed any time and saved up to seven days after being offered.

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