Photographer's Note

This is another picture from the Mahayana Buddhist sectís special ceremony to pray for the victims of the tsunami. It took place in Wat Mongkorn, in Bangkokís China Town.
The ceremony is rarely performed and lasts six and a half hours and the novices were expected to attend as well. This sect, which came from China via Vietnam, sits on chairs rather than on the floor, as Theravada monks do.
After a dew hours, the novices and beginning to wilt with heat and boredom; all except one, that is, who is still concentrating and still apparently praying. Bless him!

The novices donít have the difficult life of a monk (except for the very occasional six hour ceremony). They have few temple duties and spend most of their time in school or playing. They tend to be pretty normal kids. They get an education, but very few of them stay on as lifelong monks. Maybe this little guy will be one of those. His devotion seems to be above and beyond the call of duty.

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