Thetraveljunkie.org – Om mani padme hum. Om mani padme hum. Om mani padme hum.
While I was at Sampran Riverside, Nakhon Pathom – Thailand. I woke up at 5.30am to partake in almsgiving to Buddhist Monks. Almsgiving happens every morning-early, between 5.30am and 8am.
Offering food is one of the oldest and most common rituals of Buddhism. And, a meritorious act that also reminds us not to be greedy or selfish.
I waited in the dark, for 10 minutes, no monk was spied. But then, in the distance, we saw the familiar orange robe on the river. A monk on the wooden boat and with great grace.
We offered him some of our food, it is important to be clear, and also not to touch the monk or his bowl.
Almsgiving involves giving monks food in the early morning to sustain them for the day, the monks leave their Wat to receive the alms from people.
And, almsgiving made me feel good- providing something for someone that is pursuing knowledge and that is willing to show such a high level of humility and dedication.
Bom dia! He smiled, gave us a blessing, and then he was gone.
I enjoyed the almsgiving very much.
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