These young Buddhist nuns, like their male counterparts, rely on the generosity of the townspeople for food and upkeep. Twice a day, in the morning and evening, they can be seen walking through the village with rice bowls in hand, collecting meals for private dining behind the temple wall.
The exquisite paradox in Buddhism is that the more we give – and the more we give without seeking something in return – the wealthier (in the broadest sense of the word) we will become. By giving we destroy those acquisitive impulses that ultimately lead to further suffering.
Nyaung Shwe. Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma).