Edna and Steve Kornberg traveled with Journeys Within for a month-long tour through Myanmar, taking in many different destinations in this remarkable region. In this blog post, we’ll share some of Edna’s beautiful photos from their time spent among the monks of Myanmar.
One of the reasons I was so excited to be going to Myanmar is because of the monks and knowing that I would see so many in different environments – not just in monasteries but participating in daily life as well. I first fell in love with them and their practices of peace and humility when we experienced them in Laos (Luang Prabang) and in Cambodia (Siem Reap) on our last Southeast Asia adventure that Journeys Within so expertly prepared for us. To me the monks are like metal and I am a magnet, so drawn to observing them.
The first group of photos was in a monastery in Mandalay where daily at 10 a.m., 1000 monks of all ages walk in two lines with their bowls to have their last meal of the day. As you can see it is very orderly.
Education is very important and parents look for the opportunity to be able to send their male children to a monastery for this learning experience. Some remain for their whole lives, embracing the teachings that they have experienced, and some go back to their villages and continue to impart their learnings and use it in their everyday lives. Can you imagine how excited these parents must be when they find out that their children were selected to get this experience! There are schools in each village but the learning here is much more intense and regimented.
– Words and photos by Edna Kornberg