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published: 3/5/06
updated: 7/29/13

Pictures of Buddhist Monks




Below is a selection of photos of Buddhist monks, showing the variety of robes, appearances and practices of monks around the world. For more information, see our article on Buddhist Monks' Robes.


Novice monks in Bagan, Burma. Photo © Sara Heinrichs.


Cambodian Buddhist monks at the ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Photo: Sam Garza.


Cambodian Buddhist monks at Angkor Thom, Cambodia. Photo: Eric Molina.


Japanese monk begging in Kyoto, Japan. Photo: Brian Jeffery Beggerly.


Japanese monk begging in Kyoto, Japan. Photo: Taiyo Fujii.


Chinese monk on pilgrimage to the holy mountain of Wutai Shan. Photo: David Wilmot.

Chinese Buddhist monks
Chinese Buddhist monks in Leshan, China. Photo: David Schroeter.


Monks at the ancient Buddhist temple in Borobudur, Indonesia.

Tibetan monks in Lhasa
Tibetan monks at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, Tibet. Photo: Seth Lieberman.


Tibetan monks at the Chinese cemetery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: Trey Ratcliff.


Theravadan monks in San Francisco, California. Photo: Nicholas Shanks.