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A Monk's Life - 21 Oct 2009
A Monk's Life - 21 Oct 2009
CHINA-RELIGION/
RTXPVR3
October 22, 2009
Tibetan monks have their breakfast at Lower Wutun Monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province October 22,...
TONGREN, China
Tibetan monks have their breakfast at Lower Wutun Monastery in Tongren
Tibetan monks have their breakfast at Lower Wutun Monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province October 22, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA RELIGION)
CHINA-RELIGION/
RTXPVR0
October 22, 2009
A novice Tibetan monk carries a cat at Lower Wutun Monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province October 22,...
TONGREN, China
A novice Tibetan monk carries a cat at Lower Wutun Monastery in Tongren
A novice Tibetan monk carries a cat at Lower Wutun Monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province October 22, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA RELIGION ANIMALS)
CHINA-RELIGION/
RTXPVR2
October 22, 2009
A novice Tibetan monk pauses during a prayer meeting at Lower Wutun Monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province...
TONGREN, China
A novice Tibetan monk pauses during a prayer meeting at Lower Wutun Monastery in Tongren
A novice Tibetan monk pauses during a prayer meeting at Lower Wutun Monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province October 22, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA RELIGION)
CHINA-RELIGION/
RTXPVQV
October 22, 2009
A Tibetan monk holds his friend's child at Lower Wutun Monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province October...
TONGREN, China
A Tibetan monk holds his friend's child at Lower Wutun Monastery in Tongren
A Tibetan monk holds his friend's child at Lower Wutun Monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province October 22, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA RELIGION)
CHINA/
RTR26OZR
August 14, 2009
Tibetan monks joke with each other during a Buddhist lecture at Longwu monastery in Tongren, Qinghai...
TONGREN, China
Tibetan monks joke with each other during a Buddhist lecture at Longwu monastery in Tongren
Tibetan monks joke with each other during a Buddhist lecture at Longwu monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province August 14, 2009. REUTERS/Christina Hu (CHINA RELIGION SOCIETY)
SINGAPORE/
RTXK2ES
May 20, 2009
Shaolin monks perform during a rehearsal of "Sutra" at the Esplanade Theatre in Singapore May 20, 2009....
Singapore, Singapore
Shaolin monks perform during a rehearsal of Sutra at Esplanade Theatre in Singapore
Shaolin monks perform during a rehearsal of "Sutra" at the Esplanade Theatre in Singapore May 20, 2009. The show, featuring martial arts, is part of the Singapore Arts Festival. The show is a collaboration between Shaolin monks from the a temple in Henan, China,and Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash (SINGAPORE SOCIETY)
THAILAND-CAMBODIA/
RTR20ESM
July 22, 2008
A Cambodian Buddhist monk makes a phone call from the top of Dang Reak mountain, site of the Preah Vihear...
Preah Vihear, Cambodia
Cambodian Buddhist monk makes a phone call from the top of Dang Reak mountain, site of the Preah Vihear...
A Cambodian Buddhist monk makes a phone call from the top of Dang Reak mountain, site of the Preah Vihear temple compound, 245 km (152 miles) north of Phnom Penh, July 22, 2008. Cambodia has asked the United Nations Security Council for an emergency meeting to resolve a military stand-off with Thailand over an ancient temple on their border. REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea (CAMBODIA)
Also see: GF2E47P00SF01
USA-TIBET/
RTR1V2V1
October 19, 2007
Tibetan Buddhist monk Tenzin Samten takes photos in the National Cathedral during the creation of the...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Tibetan Buddhist monk Tenzin Samten takes photos in the National Cathedral in Washington
Tibetan Buddhist monk Tenzin Samten takes photos in the National Cathedral during the creation of the "The Compassionate Sand Mandala for World Peace" in Washington October 16, 2007. The monks are from the Dalai Lama's personal Namgyal Monastery, and are creating the sacred mandala to coincide with the Dalai Lama's visit to Washington. The mandala represents a Buddha's divine place of residence and its creation and destruction is to symbolize the Buddhist concept of the impermanence of things and the importance of non-attachment. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES)
INDIA-ELECTION
RTXG5OM
May 13, 2009
A monk, who is also a voter, drags a polling agent outside a polling station in Thiksey, 20 km (12 miles)...
THIKSEY, India
A monk drags a polling agent, whom voters say was involved in false voting, outside a polling station...
A monk, who is also a voter, drags a polling agent outside a polling station in Thiksey, 20 km (12 miles) east of Leh, May 13, 2009. The voters said that the polling agent was involved in false voting. The final stage of voting in India's closely fought general election began on Wednesday, with signs that a weak coalition could emerge the winner just as the Asian power faces an economic slowdown. REUTERS/Amit Gupta (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR POLITICS ELECTIONS IMAGES OF THE DAY RELIGION)
THAILAND/
RTR27WI2
September 16, 2009
A Buddhist monk sweeps up bat guano in a cave near Wat Khao Cong Phran Temple in Ratchaburi province,...
Bangkok, Thailand
A Buddhist monk sweeps up bat guano in a cave near Wat Khao Cong Phran Temple in Ratchaburi province
A Buddhist monk sweeps up bat guano in a cave near Wat Khao Cong Phran Temple in Ratchaburi province, 130 km (81 miles) west of Bangkok, September 14, 2009. Bats bring the temple a monthly income of $4,800 from the sale of almost 7 tonnes of their guano and from tourists visiting the bat cave. Picture taken September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND ANIMALS RELIGION SOCIETY)
CHINA-TIBET/TOWN
RTR1YGPE
March 18, 2008
A monk from the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism reads and chants while studying a prayer book as he...
KANGDING, China
A monk from the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism reads and chants while studying a prayer book as he...
A monk from the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism reads and chants while studying a prayer book as he sits in the courtyard of the Nanwu Temple in the city of Kangding, about 400 km (250 miles) west of Chengdu in Sichuan Province, March 18, 2008. Kangding is the start of the Tibetan world as entered from the east and consider a distinctive part of wider Tibet. Called Dardo in Tibetan, ethnic Tibetans and Hans alike say with considerable conviction there will be no problems. The reasons are manifold. The army presence is considerable, the population is about evenly split and the economy has prospered on the back of a tourism boom in recent years and both groups have benefited. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA)
INDIA
RTXPM2P
October 14, 2009
Novice Buddhist monks blow horns made from sea shells before a morning puja (prayer) at Pemayangtse Gompa...
PELLING, India
Buddhist monks blow horns made from sea shells before a morning puja at Pemayangtse Gompa near Pelling...
Novice Buddhist monks blow horns made from sea shells before a morning puja (prayer) at Pemayangtse Gompa near Pelling in the Indian Himalayan state of Sikkim October 14, 2009. Pemayangtse built in 1705, literally translated as 'Perfect Sublime Lotus', is one of Sikkim's oldest and most significant Nyingmapa monasteries. REUTERS/Tim Chong (INDIA RELIGION SOCIETY) See also GM1E5AM102O01
CHINA-TIBET/MONK
RTXC3HW
February 26, 2009
The feet of monk Hua Chi are seen close to the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for...
TONGREN, China
The feet of monk Hua Chi are seen close to the footprints made by him at a monastery near Tongren
The feet of monk Hua Chi are seen close to the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for decades, at a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 25, 2009. Hua Chi, who believes he is around 70 years old, has prayed at the same spot so many times that perfect footprints remain on the wooden doorstep. The monk and doctor of traditional medicine has been coming to the small temple in the monastery town of Tongren in China's western Qinghai province for nearly twenty years to perform a strict personal ritual. Every day, before sunrise, Hua arrives at the temple steps, placing his feet onto his footprints as he bends down to kowtow a few thousand times before walking around the temple. Picture taken February 25, 2009. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA)
CHINA-TIBET/MODERNISATION
RTXCV5V
March 17, 2009
A Tibetan monk uses a handheld electronic device at a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province, February...
TONGREN, China
To match feature CHINA-TIBET/MODERNISATION
A Tibetan monk uses a handheld electronic device at a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province, February 24, 2009. Steeped in centuries-old, devoutly Buddhist traditions, Tibetans today face harsh choices as they fight to hold on to their unique identity without getting left behind in China's headlong rush towards modernity. Picture taken February 24, 2009. To match feature CHINA-TIBET/MODERNISATION REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA POLITICS RELIGION)
CHINA-TIBET/
RTR1YMYP
March 22, 2008
A Tibetan monk looks at photographs of Tibetan victims from Lhasa which are displayed on a wall in Dharamsala...
Dharamsala, India
A Tibetan monk looks at photographs of Tibetan victims from Lhasa which are displayed on a wall in Dharamsala...
A Tibetan monk looks at photographs of Tibetan victims from Lhasa which are displayed on a wall in Dharamsala March 22, 2008. REUTERS/Arko Datta (INDIA)
AUSTRALIA/
RTR25IGK
July 10, 2009
Tibetan monks pray outside the Chinese Gardens in Darling Harbour in Sydney July 10, 2009, near a large...
Sydney, Australia
Tibetan monks pray outside the Chinese Gardens in Darling Harbour in Sydney
Tibetan monks pray outside the Chinese Gardens in Darling Harbour in Sydney July 10, 2009, near a large jade Buddha. The Buddha, made from an 18-tonne translucent jade boulder found in Canada, was unveiled in Sydney to prepare for the arrival of the Dalai Lama late this year. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz (AUSTRALIA RELIGION SOCIETY)
CHINA-EU/TIBET
RTXB08F
November 27, 2008
A Tibetan monk prays at the Lama Temple in Beijing November 27, 2008. China blamed French President Nicolas...
Beijing, China
A Tibetan monk prays at the Lama Temple in Beijing
A Tibetan monk prays at the Lama Temple in Beijing November 27, 2008. China blamed French President Nicolas Sarkozy's planned meeting with the Dalai Lama for pulling out of a China-EU summit on Thursday, which may have forged a joint response to the global economic crisis. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA)
CHINA/
RTR1YA6J
March 14, 2008
Tibetan monks attend a religious class at the school inside the Kumbum Monastery in Huangzhong County,...
Huangzhong, China
Tibetan monks attend a religious class at school inside Kumbum Monastery in Huangzhong County
Tibetan monks attend a religious class at the school inside the Kumbum Monastery in Huangzhong County, Qinghai province March 14, 2008. Shops were set on fire in violence in Tibet's capital of Lhasa on Friday, China's Xinhua news agency reported after days of rare street protests in the contested region. REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA)
RUSSIA/
RTR1RLHT
July 08, 2007
A Shaolin monk balances his body on a spearhead during a martial arts performance in Elista, the capital...
Elista, Russia
A Shaolin monk balances his body on a spearhead during a martial arts performance in Elista, the capital...
A Shaolin monk balances his body on a spearhead during a martial arts performance in Elista, the capital of the southern Russian region of Kalmykia July 7, 2007. Picture taken July 7, 2007. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko (RUSSIA)
SRI LANKA
RTR659F
March 26, 2005
A Sri Lankan novice Buddhist monk lights an oil lamp on a mass grave where tsunami victims were buried...
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
A Sri Lankan novice Buddhist monk lights an oil lamp on a mass grave where tsunami victims were ...
A Sri Lankan novice Buddhist monk lights an oil lamp on a mass grave where tsunami victims were buried in Peraliya. A Sri Lankan novice Buddhist monk lights an oil lamp on a mass grave where tsunami victims were buried, exactly three months after the disaster in Peraliya, southern Sri Lanka, March 26, 2005. Hundreds of people flocked to Peraliya on Saturday and lit 2,500 oil lamps and paper lanterns in remembrance of all tsunami victims. Saturday marked three months since the disaster, which killed an estimated 182,000 people around the Indian Ocean with a further 106,000 reported missing. Pictures of the Month March 2005 REUTERS/Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi
CHINA-XINJIANG/
RTR25EZV
July 07, 2009
Tibetan monks living in Kathmandu wear free Tibet masks in Kathmandu July 7, 2009, while taking part...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tibetan monks living in Kathmandu wears free Tibet mask while taking part in a candle light vigil in...
Tibetan monks living in Kathmandu wear free Tibet masks in Kathmandu July 7, 2009, while taking part in a candlelight vigil to commemorate those killed in Xinjiang. At least 140 people have died after rioting erupted in China's restive far western region of Xinjiang on Sunday, according to state media, the worst case of ethnic violence in the Muslim area for years. REUTERS/Gopal Chitrakar (NEPAL)
KOREA
RTR1CN8Y
April 21, 2006
A South Korean novice monk attends a ceremony at the Chogye temple in Seoul April 21, 2006. A group of...
Seoul, multiple countries
South Korean novice monk attends a ceremony in Seoul
A South Korean novice monk attends a ceremony at the Chogye temple in Seoul April 21, 2006. A group of ten boys entered the temple to experience life as monks for 16 days, ahead of celebrations of the birth date of Buddha on May 5. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
THAILAND-POLITICS/
RTXDXR0
April 13, 2009
A Buddhist monk talks to a soldier keeping watch on supporters of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin...
Bangkok, Thailand
A Buddhist monk talks to a soldier in Bangkok
A Buddhist monk talks to a soldier keeping watch on supporters of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra at a main road in Bangkok April 13, 2009. The Thai army cracked down on anti-government protesters on Monday, firing warning shots in a major junction of the capital at activists who responded by hurling petrol bombs at them. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash (THAILAND POLITICS CONFLICT IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE)
INDONESIA/
RTXETTZ
May 07, 2009
Indonesian Buddhists monks walk along a busy street to collect donations ahead of a Vesak Day procession...
Magelang, Indonesia
Indonesian Buddhists collect donations ahead of Vesak Day procession in Magelang
Indonesian Buddhists monks walk along a busy street to collect donations ahead of a Vesak Day procession in Magelang, central Java, May 7, 2009. Buddhists in Indonesia will celebrate Vesak Day on Saturday to honour the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha more than 2,000 years ago. REUTERS/Dwi Oblo (INDONESIA RELIGION SOCIETY)
CHINA/
RTR1YA88
March 14, 2008
A Tibetan monk cooks as his friend walks around the kitchen of Kumbum Monastery in Huangzhong County,...
Huangzhong, China
A Tibetan monk cooks as his friend walks around kitchen of Kumbum Monastery in Huangzhong County
A Tibetan monk cooks as his friend walks around the kitchen of Kumbum Monastery in Huangzhong County, Qinghai province March 14, 2008. Shops were set on fire in violence in Tibet's capital of Lhasa on Friday, China's Xinhua news agency reported after days of rare street protests in the contested region. REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA)
NEPAL/
RTR21NNH
August 24, 2008
A Tibetan monk ponders after a peaceful rally in Kathmandu, against the Chinese policy in Tibet, August...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tibetan monk ponders after a peaceful rally in Kathmandu
A Tibetan monk ponders after a peaceful rally in Kathmandu, against the Chinese policy in Tibet, August 24, 2008. Thousands of Tibetan refugees walked around the city demanding peace and freedom in Tibet. REUTERS/Shruti Shrestha (NEPAL)
CHINA/
RTXB6JR
February 03, 2009
Young ethnic Tibetan monks run away after receiving blessed food at a prayer meeting in a monastery near...
TONGREN, China
Young ethnic Tibetan monks run away after receiving blessed food at a prayer meeting in a monastery near...
Young ethnic Tibetan monks run away after receiving blessed food at a prayer meeting in a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 3, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA)
NEPAL/
RTXE0B1
April 15, 2009
Buddhist monks watch the second day of celebrations for Navavarsha, or the Nepalese New Year, at Thimi,...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Buddhist monks watch the second day of celebrations for Navavarsha, or the Nepalese New Year, at Thimi,...
Buddhist monks watch the second day of celebrations for Navavarsha, or the Nepalese New Year, at Thimi, in Kathmandu April 15, 2009. Navavarsha, which falls on April 14 this year, is a national holiday and people celebrate by carrying chariots of various Gods and Goddesses. This year the Nepalese people usher in the year 2066, in accordance to the Nepali Bikram Sambat calendar. REUTERS/Shruti Shrestha (NEPAL SOCIETY RELIGION)
INDIA-ELECTION/
RTXG5XJ
May 13, 2009
Voters check their names in a voter list outside a polling station in Thiksey, 20 km (12 miles) east...
THIKSEY, India
Voters check their names in list outside polling station in Thiksey
Voters check their names in a voter list outside a polling station in Thiksey, 20 km (12 miles) east of Leh, May 13, 2009. The final stage of voting in India's closely fought general election began on Wednesday, with signs that a weak coalition could emerge the winner just as the Asian power faces an economic slowdown. REUTERS/Amit Gupta (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR POLITICS ELECTIONS RELIGION)
KASHMIR
RTXGNOO
May 14, 2009
A young monk fills drinking water into a plastic container outside the Thiksey monastery, 20 km (12 miles)...
THIKSEY, India
A young monk fills drinking water into a plastic container outside Thiksey monastery
A young monk fills drinking water into a plastic container outside the Thiksey monastery, 20 km (12 miles) east of Leh, May 14, 2009. Leh is the main town of Ladakh, a mountain desert which forms a part of troubled Jammu and Kashmir state and borders both China and Pakistan. The people of this region are predominantly Buddhist. REUTERS/Amit Gupta (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR SOCIETY TRAVEL RELIGION)
KASHMIR
RTXGNQ6
May 14, 2009
A monk helps a fellow monk to tie his robe at the Hemis monastery 40 km east (25 miles) east of Leh,...
HEMIS, India
A monk helps a fellow monk to tie his robe at the Hemis monastery east of Leh
A monk helps a fellow monk to tie his robe at the Hemis monastery 40 km east (25 miles) east of Leh, May 14, 2009. Leh is the main town of Ladakh, a mountain desert which forms a part of troubled Jammu and Kashmir state and borders both China and Pakistan. The people of this region are predominantly Buddhist. REUTERS/Amit Gupta (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR SOCIETY TRAVEL RELIGION)
CHINA-RELIGION/
RTXPVQZ
October 22, 2009
A novice Tibetan monk licks a bowl after his breakfast at Lower Wutun Monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province...
TONGREN, China
A novice Tibetan monk licks a bowl at Lower Wutun Monastery in Tongren
A novice Tibetan monk licks a bowl after his breakfast at Lower Wutun Monastery in Tongren, Qinghai province October 22, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA RELIGION)
CHINA-RELIGION/
RTXPUT6
October 21, 2009
Tibetan monks interact during a Buddhist lecture at Longwu monastery, which was founded in 1301 in Tongren,...
TONGREN, China
Tibetan monks interact during a Buddhist lecture at Longwu monastery
Tibetan monks interact during a Buddhist lecture at Longwu monastery, which was founded in 1301 in Tongren, Qinghai province October 21, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee(CHINA RELIGION)
CAMBODIA-ROUGE/
RTR260ZW
July 25, 2009
A Cambodian Buddhist monk draws a picture depicting the arrest of a Cambodian civilian by Khmer Rouge...
KAMPORT, Cambodia
Cambodian Buddhist monk draws picture during art workshop at pagoda in Kamport province
A Cambodian Buddhist monk draws a picture depicting the arrest of a Cambodian civilian by Khmer Rouge soldiers, during an art workshop and exhibition project titled "The Art of Survival", at a pagoda in Kamport province, 146 km (91 miles) west of Phnom Penh, July 25, 2009. Artist Vann Nath, who spoke at the workshop, was detained during the regime at the S-21 interrogation centre, where more than 14,000 people died, and said his life was only spared because chief torturer Duch liked his paintings of "Brother Number One", Pol Pot. REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea (CAMBODIA CONFLICT POLITICS SOCIETY RELIGION)
CAMBODIA-THAILAND/
RTX9N7T
October 17, 2008
A Buddhist monk cuts grass near an air raid shelter at a temple in Ubon Ratchathani province, along the...
Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
A Buddhist monk cuts grass near an air raid shelter at a temple in Ubon Ratchathani province
A Buddhist monk cuts grass near an air raid shelter at a temple in Ubon Ratchathani province, along the Thai-Cambodia border northeast of Bangkok, October 17, 2008. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND)
MONGOLIA
RTR1FBB8
July 08, 2006
A Buddhist monk plays at the backyard of the Erdene Zeu monastery in Kharahorin, some 380 km (236 miles)...
KHARAHORIN, Mongolia
Buddhist monk plays at the backyard of the Erdene Zeu monastery in Kharahorin
A Buddhist monk plays at the backyard of the Erdene Zeu monastery in Kharahorin, some 380 km (236 miles) west of Ulan Bator, July 8, 2006. The Erdene Zeu monastery was ransacked during the Stalinist period, and worship was forbidden throughout the Communist era, but Buddhism is experiencing a revival since Mongolia overthrew decades of Soviet dominance in 1991. REUTERS/Nir Elias (MONGOLIA)
THAILAND-CONSTITUTION/BUDDHISTS
RTR1QOU0
June 11, 2007
Thai Buddhist monks read newspapers during a protest outside the parliament house in Bangkok June 11,2007....
Bangkok, Thailand
Thai Buddhist monks read newspapers during a protest outside the parliament house in Bangkok
Thai Buddhist monks read newspapers during a protest outside the parliament house in Bangkok June 11,2007. Around 5,000 Buddhist monks and religious activists blocked traffic in front of Thailand's parliament on Monday, demanding Buddhism be declared the national religion in the new, post-coup constitution. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND)
CHINA
RTRKU6X
July 17, 2001
A monk mounts his motorcycle by Qinghai lake in western China July 17,
2001. China has launched a campaign...
Qinghai Lake, China - Peoples Republic of
A MONK MOUNTS HIS MOTORCYCLE BY QINGHAI LAKE IN WESTERN CHINA.
A monk mounts his motorcycle by Qinghai lake in western China July 17,
2001. China has launched a campaign to develop its lagging western
regions where members of Tibetan and other ethnic minorities live in
poverty.

BS/PB
CHINA/
RTR1SBS9
July 28, 2007
A Tibetan monk surfs the internet at a cafe in Yushu, west China's Qinghai province July 28, 2007. REUTERS/Jason...
Yushu, China
A Tibetan monk surfs the internet at a cafe in Yushu
A Tibetan monk surfs the internet at a cafe in Yushu, west China's Qinghai province July 28, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA)
CHINA/
RTR1X752
February 17, 2008
An ethnic Tibetan monk takes photographs with his mobile phone during a ceremony to celebrate Monlam,...
Aba, China
An ethnic Tibetan monk takes photographs with his mobile phone during a ceremony in Aba
An ethnic Tibetan monk takes photographs with his mobile phone during a ceremony to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, at a monastery in Aba, Sichuan province, February 17, 2008. Thousands of Tibetan pilgrims gathered on Sunday to celebrate Monlam, one of the most important festivals of Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA)
THAILAND
RTR7VV4
September 04, 2000
A monk polishes the bonnet of a classic Mercedes Benz sedan at the Wat Hua Krabue temple in Bangkok September...
Bangkok, Thailand - Kingdom of
MONK POLISHES CLASSIC CAR AT MERCEDES TEMPLE IN BANGKOK.
A monk polishes the bonnet of a classic Mercedes Benz sedan at the Wat Hua Krabue temple in Bangkok September 4, 2000. The unusual Bhuddist temple exhibits over 60 renovated Mercedes cars, which were donated or bought from junkyards, then overhauled to working order. The head of the temple has been infatuated with the German vehicles since his childhood.

NWA/JD
CHINA
RTR161R1
February 09, 2006
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Ethnic Tibetan monks attend prayers at the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe, western...
Xiahe, China
Ethnic Tibetan monks attend prayers at the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe
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Ethnic Tibetan monks attend prayers at the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe, western China's Gansu province, February 9, 2006. Thousands of Tebetan pilgrims will celebrate the Monlam or Great Prayer Festival from February 9 to 13. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause
CHINA
RTR82EF
November 28, 2003
Tibetan Buddhist monks play table tennis at the High-level Tibetan
Buddhism College of China in Beijing...
Beijing, China - Peoples Republic of
MONKS PLAY TABLE TENNIS AT TIBETAN COLLEGE IN BEIJING.
Tibetan Buddhist monks play table tennis at the High-level Tibetan
Buddhism College of China in Beijing November 28, 2003. The college is
the highest educational institute for Tibetan Buddhists in China where
the ruling Communist Party is officially atheist. Students are choosen
from different sects and will return to their respective original
temples after a three-year study of Buddhism and Tibetan language. The
college was founded in 1987. Picture taken November 28, 2003.
REUTERS/Andrew Wong PP03120037
ASW/RCS
CHINA
RTR163C2
February 11, 2006
A young ethnic Tibetan monk plays with a toy gun before the start of a Cham dance performance at the...
Xiahe, China
Young ethnic Tibetan monk plays with a toy gun before the start of a Cham dance performance in Xiahe...
A young ethnic Tibetan monk plays with a toy gun before the start of a Cham dance performance at the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe, western China's Gansu province, February 11, 2006, during the Monlam or Great Prayer ceremony. The Cham dance is a whole-day performance and is performed by 35 masked dancers. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause
MYANMAR/
RTR1U9VR
September 26, 2007
A monk stands after being halted by riot policemen and military officials while he and others attempted...
Yangon, Myanmar
A monk stands after being halted by riot policemen and military officials while he and others attempted...
A monk stands after being halted by riot policemen and military officials while he and others attempted to enter the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon September 26, 2007. As many as 200 maroon-robed monks were arrested outside the gilded Shwedagon as the Buddhist priesthood, the former Burma's highest moral authority, went head-to-head with the might of a military that has ruled for an unbroken 45 years. REUTERS/Adrees Latif (MYANMAR)
CHINA/
RTR1MYPR
March 01, 2007
Tibetan monks dance at the Kirti Monastery near the town of Langmusi, in southwestern China's Sichuan...
Xiahe, China
Tibetan monks dance at the Kirti Monastary near the town of Langmusi
Tibetan monks dance at the Kirti Monastery near the town of Langmusi, in southwestern China's Sichuan province March 1, 2007. Officially atheist China's population of religious believers could be a 'startling' three times larger than government estimates, a newspaper said citing a rare survey. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA)
CAMBODIA
RTRHOTE
May 02, 2001
A Cambodian Buddhist monk poses in front of one of the fabled smiling Bayon faces at Siem Reap's Bayon...
Siem Reap, Cambodia - Kingdom of
A CAMBODIAN MONK POSES FOR A PICTURE AT BAYON TEMPLE IN SIEM REAP.
A Cambodian Buddhist monk poses in front of one of the fabled smiling Bayon faces at Siem Reap's Bayon Temple, part of the 9th-12th century Angkor temple complex, while a fellow monk takes his picture May 2, 2001. Economic ministers began gathering in northern Siem Reap town on Wednesday for the seventh ASEAN Economic Ministers Retreat on May 3-4. Representatives from the 10 ASEAN countries, as well as Japan, Korea and China, will take part in the informal retreat.

HJ/DL
INDIA
RTR1QUVB
June 16, 2007
Buddhist monks play volleyball on the outskirts of Leh, capital of Ladakh June 16, 2007. REUTERS/Amit...
Leh, India
Buddhist monks play volleyball on the outskirts of Leh
Buddhist monks play volleyball on the outskirts of Leh, capital of Ladakh June 16, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Gupta (INDIA-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR)
HONGKONG
RTR1Q80K
May 29, 2007
A monk stands on the escalator of a shopping mall at the Peak in Hong Kong May 29, 2007, about a month...
Hong Kong, China
A monk stands on the escalator of a shopping mall at the Peak in Hong Kong
A monk stands on the escalator of a shopping mall at the Peak in Hong Kong May 29, 2007, about a month before the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to Chinese rule. REUTERS/Paul Yeung (CHINA)
THAILAND
RTRQ4OW
May 22, 2001
A Thai Buddhist Monk fends off a playful attack from an Asian Tiger at
the Wat Pa Luangtabua temple...
Sai Yok, Thailand - Kingdom of
YEAREND PICTURES 2001 - A BUDDHIST MONK FENDS OFF A PLAYFUL TIGER IN
WESTERN THAILAND.
A Thai Buddhist Monk fends off a playful attack from an Asian Tiger at
the Wat Pa Luangtabua temple in Sai Yok, western Thailand, on May 22,
2001. The Monks, who hope to build a natural preserve for the eight
endangered tigers at their temple, are appealing for donations from the
public. Buddhist temples are often places where people leave unwanted
cats and dogs, but this temple has built a reputation for taking in the
wild animals after an orphaned cub was taken in three years ago.
YEAREND PICTURES 2001 REUTERS/Jason Reed

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MYANMAR
RTR1K1OR
December 04, 2006
A monk writes during a Buddhist Zediyingana exam at the Shwedagon Paya in Yangon December 4, 2006. REUTERS/Nicky...
Yangon, Myanmar
A monk writes during a Buddhist Zediyingana exam at the Shwedagon Paya in Yangon
A monk writes during a Buddhist Zediyingana exam at the Shwedagon Paya in Yangon December 4, 2006. REUTERS/Nicky Loh (MYANMAR)
CHINA
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April 08, 2007
Tibetan children from a lama school play soccer at Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, northwestern...
QINGHAI, China
Tibetan children from a lama school play soccer at Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in China
Tibetan children from a lama school play soccer at Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, northwestern China's Qinghai province April 7, 2007. The China's government aims to extend nine-year compulsory education to more than 95 percent of the ethnic minority population by the end of 2010, said Dainzhub Ongboin, vice director of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, Xinhua News Agency reported. Picture taken April 7, 2007. REUTERS/Simon Zo (CHINA)
CAMBODIA
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April 14, 2006
Cambodian Buddhist monks prepare food for lunch during the first day celebration of Khmer New Year at...
Kampong Speu, Cambodia
Cambodian Buddhist monks prepare food for lunch during celebration of Khmer New Year at temple in Kampong...
Cambodian Buddhist monks prepare food for lunch during the first day celebration of Khmer New Year at a temple in Kampong Speu province 60 km (37.2 miles) west of Phnom Penh on April 14, 2006. Cambodia celebrates the Khmer New Year from April 14 to April 16. REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea
CHINA TIBET RAILWAY
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July 02, 2006
Tibetan monks use their mobile phones in Lhasa, Tibet July 3, 2006. China opened the world's highest...
Lhasa, China
Tibetan monks use their mobile phones in Lhasa
Tibetan monks use their mobile phones in Lhasa, Tibet July 3, 2006. China opened the world's highest railway on Saturday, which is expected to promote social development, economy and trade between Tibet with other parts of China. REUTERS/Joe Chan (CHINA)
YEAREND PICTURES
RTRZZEG
May 13, 2002
Young Buddhist monks and children from the U.S. play a soccer game at
the Chogye temple in Seoul May...
Seoul, Korea - Republic of
YEAREND PICTURES 2002.
Young Buddhist monks and children from the U.S. play a soccer game at
the Chogye temple in Seoul May 14, 2002. The game was held on Tuesday
in celebration of Buddha's upcoming birthday on May 19 and to promote
the FIFA World Cup finals. The U.S. Children team beat South Korea 3-0.
South Korea will co-host the 2002 FIFA World Cup with Japan. WORLD CUP 2006 PREVIEW.
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-hoon

KKH/JS
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August 24, 2003
Buddhist monks play on a carom board at a shop as they relax on the
weekend in Paro, Bhutan main city,...
Bhutan
BUDDHIST MONKS PLAY ON A CAROM BOARD AT A SHOP IN PARO.
Buddhist monks play on a carom board at a shop as they relax on the
weekend in Paro, Bhutan main city, August 24, 2003. The monks, who
study Buddhism during the week at the nearby monastery, are allowed to
visit the local markets on the weekend. REUTERS/Kamal Kishore

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