Sum Of Its Parts
Updated: Jan 27
Split screen profile of young monks-to-be who arrived from the dharmashala on the occasion of a visit from the Dalai Lama. The boys pictured here were from the state of Madhya Pradesh and seemed to be enjoying their carefree time in Bodh Gaya.
I was moved by the penetrating gaze of these children. Chapped skin, bruised cheek, and blisters all over pointed to a life of austere living, although their spirits belied such a straightforward inference. By the time I had walked out of the temple, they were already circling the ice-cream cart.