Thursday, April 27, 2006

Monks of today

While still in Zhongdian we visited the Ganden Sumtseling Gompa, a 300 year old monestary where 600 monks lived. It was awesome.

We managed to catch the last part of an afternoon prayer which was very interesting. All the monks are sitting on the ground in a temple chanting away but what was weird was that they were all so easily distracted! You would have thought they would be deep in prayer but instead there were busy looking at us as we passed by while still chanting. Someone else who had visited earlier told us that they saw blue lights during the prayer service and it turned out to be cell phones going off with text messages! The monks would take time out of chanting to SMS! :D Monks today I tell yah, they all have cell phones and state of the art ones too!


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