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Novice at Punakha Dzong

Novice at Punakha Dzong

LotharW, Mariano, Biobauer, Eva Lewitus and 54 other people have particularly liked this photo


47 comments - The latest ones
 Léopold
Léopold club
I hope it was his own choice but I doubt about it.
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Léopold club
In Bhutan it's still traditional to give one son to the monasteries, They are fed and schooled and theoretically they can choose to leave when they are older and before they are ordained.
7 days ago.
Léopold club has replied to Gudrun club
Thanks for the complete information Gudrun.
6 days ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Superbement prise et rendue ....!
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Malik Raoulda club
Merci beaucoup, Malik!
7 days ago.
 polytropos
polytropos club
Super Porträt in tollen Farben!
Die Leitungen gehen vermutlich aufs Dach zum solarbetriebenen Wasserboiler. Die gibts inzwischen auch in Nepal überall. :)
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to polytropos club
Danke, poly! Haha, kann schon sein mit den Leitungen! Diese Länder haben ja meist direkt vom Mittelalter den Sprung in die Neuzeit gemacht;-)
7 days ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Sehr eindrucksvoll präsentiert, Gudrun !
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Percy Schramm club
Schönen Dank, Norbert!
7 days ago.
 Xata
Xata club
Matching colours... the young boy does not seem very happy, maybe is future is not what he would have chosen...
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Xata club
Thanks a lot, Isabel! He was sent there by his family, I guess, it's the tradition. He still has the chance to leave before he is fully ordained. I noticed that the novices in the Eastern monasteries which adhere to the older Nyingmapa Buddhism looked relaxed and much happier. This one was in the West which follows the stricter Drukpa Kagyü school...
7 days ago.
 ©UdoSm
©UdoSm club
So jung und schon.... Ich stimme Xata zu...
Aber ein eindrückliches Foto.
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to ©UdoSm club
Herzloichen Dank, Udo! Es gibt in Bhutan 2 verschiedene Schulen des Buddhismus, die im Westen des Landes schauten alle etwas ernst und bedröppelt, die im Osten waren fröhlich und durften Kinder sein.
7 days ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
This is a charming portrait Gudrun............the young man is nicely framed in the doorway and the colours in his robes and the door work well together.

As to Leopold's point above.......it's always been my understanding that a novice may leave at any time he or she likes.......of course, whether he or she will have anywhere else to go is a different matter.
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Keith Burton club
Thank you so much, Keith! Yes, they are theoretically free to leave before they are ordained. There's still a widespread tradition to give one son to the monastery, especially in poor families. It means one less mouth to feed and it's supposed to bring good karma. Good monasteries give good schooling, the not so good ones let them just learn prayers by heart...
7 days ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
A lovely portrait of this young novice, Gudrun.
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to tiabunna club
Thanks very much, George!
7 days ago.
 Amelia Heath
Amelia Heath club
The limited colour palette is striking here Gudrun. The boy looks wistful.
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Amelia Heath club
Thanks a lot, Amelia! Yes, he'd probably like to be outside and play...This is a famous and probably rather strict monastery.
7 days ago.
 Daniela Brocca
Daniela Brocca club
Schöne Aufnahme und er ist schön. Ich denke wie die andere und hoffe dass er weg kann, wenn er will.
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Daniela Brocca club
Dank dir, Dany! Er kann sich gegen das Kloster entscheiden, wenn er älter ist. Allerdings bleiben immer noch die meisten.
7 days ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Such a sweet and innocent young boy. I feel the same as Keith and Leopold.
A beautiful shot Gudrun.
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
Thanks a lot, Rosa! In Bhutanese monasteries there are many children, in the good ones they get solid schooling.
7 days ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
FAB!!!!!!
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Annemarie club
Mille grazie, Annemaire!
7 days ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Awesome picture Gudrun.
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Thank you, Jaap!
7 days ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Ein tolles Bild ! Nicht mehr, nicht weniger !
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Ulrich John club
Schönen Dank, Uli!
7 days ago.
 uwschu
uwschu club
Ob er weiß, was ihn erwartet, der Blick ist irgendwie traurig und leer. Oder täusche ich mich?
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to uwschu club
Besten Dank, Uwe! Ja, er sah nicht ganz glücklich aus. Im Prinzip kann er das Kloster verlassen, solange er noch Novize ist, nur würde seine Familie das vermutlich als Schande empfinden. Aber der hatte noch ein paar Jahre Zeit...
7 days ago.
 Proxar
Proxar club
sehr schönes Portrait!
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Proxar club
Dank, dir, Proxar!
7 days ago.
 ROL/Photo
ROL/Photo club
Super
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to ROL/Photo club
Merci beaucoup, Roland!
7 days ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
schön!
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Boarischa Krautmo club
Danke vielmals, bk!
7 days ago.
 gezginruh
gezginruh club
Nice capture, beautiful portrait!!

Best wishes
Füsun
8 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to gezginruh club
Thank you so much, Füsun!
7 days ago.
 Esther
Esther club
I was amazed at how young some of the boys were at the monasteries.
7 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Esther club
Thanks very much, Esther! Indeed, they send them there at Kindergarten age!
7 days ago.
 niraK68
niraK68 club
schöne eingefangen den Bub
7 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to niraK68 club
Herzlichen Dank, Karin!
6 days ago.
 Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* club
joli petit bonze*******************j'adore************
6 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* club
Merci beaucoup, Valeriane!
6 days ago.
 menonfire
menonfire club
Da ist dir ein wunderbares Foto gelungen Gudrun, Glückwunsch
5 days ago.
Gudrun club has replied to menonfire club
Danke vielmals, Maik!
4 days ago.

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