Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

In the flat light of a Sri Lankan dawn, before the temple awakens, before the dogs and shadows stir, a 12 year old novice sweeps the temple compound while doing his best to practice walking meditation. When finished he will sit in the doorway and study from his small book of Buddhist scriptures until sleep tips him over onto the cool stone steps where the senior monk will find him and gently wake him for breakfast.

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