Life in the ROK

West goes East: The lives and adventures of a Californian couple living in Seoul

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

At Sera Monastery we saw Monks debating. A senior monk would ask a question and clap his hands and point if the answer was wrong.
Some of the monks were very aware that they were being photographed while others seemed more involved in getting the questions right. You might think the monks were being exploited for tourism, but considering we paid to watch these guys "debate" maybe we were the ones being exploited. Either way we were very happy to see them and it made Buddhism seem much more alive after wandering through temples full of tourists rich with the smell of Yak butter.
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