Entered into a street market near my hotel. Many people did business and many people came to buy. The street was busy. I walked watching people as usual. In the meantime, I found some Buddhist monks walking. I know not only shoppers but also Buddhist monks came to this market. The oldest monk, probably he was high in rank, led from the front. And some other monks followed him. Each monk carried their own alms bowl. They were just asking alms.
Unlike in Japan, the mainstream of Buddhism in Myanmar is Theravada. The teaching says that it is necessary to practice Buddhist asceticisms to achieve enlightenment. So many people enter into the priesthood in where Theravada Buddhism is the mainstream. And it was common to see Buddhist monks wearing a Kasaya, a Buddhist rope, in the streets. Because the monks didn't perform a constant production operation, they have to ask alms.
June 25, 2019
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