Such strange light in this photo that I hesitated to post it when I took it, back in July. It was probably just the inadequate artificial basement lighting, but I couldn't shake off the idea that he was emanating something... Retrospectively, I'm less spooked by this - even if he was.
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Somehow, this reminds me of Soen Joon's recent post (inspired in turn by Velveteen Rabbi's recent post) on "Being Visible." When you wear any sort of uniform, people instantly expect you to act the part...so if you're a monk simply taking a rest, that "rest" is instantly imbued with spiritual meaning because of your monastic garb.
Personally, I love the bluish cast: it's hugely soothing!
Lorianne, this was right after the London bombs, do you remember? and the monks and their mandala really did feel to me strongly representative of a good and peaceful counterforce - very special. Because of the ordinary reality of who they are, not of anything that they'd probably be the first say they are not.