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“Modern Monks”

Monks at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Story of "Modern Monks"

When we imagine Buddhist monks exploring ancient temples, we imagine something ancient and spiritual... but as this photo shows, monks too embrace modern technology!

I loved this shot because it shattered so many of my preconceptions.  I also loved it because it is so hard to avoid falling into the trap of chasing those Nat Geo-esque photos with everything perfectly in place.  The real world looks like this.  When you visit a UNESCO world heritage site, even one with the rich spiritual history of Angkor Wat, expect to see busloads of tourists from all over the world wielding cell phones and trying to forever immortalize every moment of their holiday.

Especially the monks.

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