Thailand is a Buddhist country. Everywhere you go you will find beautiful ancient stupas and breathtaking temples (wats). Thai people look just happy and they will always reciprocate the smiles you give them. They also have a high sense of respect and politeness for foreigners, ‘farangs‘, as they call us. The Buddhist principles are part of their everyday life.
But what Thai people respect more then anything are the monks. They bow and pray in front of monks and give offerings to receive happiness and a peaceful life.
In the old city of Chiang Mai you can find temples and monks everywhere. They spend their time meditating usually in front of Buddha statues but we learnt that meditation can be done also while washing dishes or sweeping. Therefore, our Photo Essay of this month is about monks doing simple mundane activities… we believe with mindfulness.
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