April 29, 2008

who would've thought, eh?

The last place I expect to see monks is in an Apple store. And one of them was getting help with his iPhone while clutching his iPod in another hand. It's not that I want to 'expose' them but aren't Buddhist monks supposed to shun material possessions especially much sought-after objects like an iPhone? I just had to sneak a shot.

I don't know. You decide.


Blogger KerinchiGuy said...

iPhone? i want! i want!
is it available already here in KL? is it 'unlocked'? where available?

would really truly appreciate an answer. tia.

3:42 PM  
Blogger Keropok Man said...

I am waiting for June 9th! Hopefully they will announce that the 3G version will be available and makes its way to Asia soon.

Oh yes, wait till you see how the monks in Singapore travel. They go around in the newest Mercedes and BMWs!

4:26 PM  
Blogger Strangetastes said...

I agree! I've occasionally seen monks doing what I thought were un-Buddhist things in Japan, Thailand and China. Why do any monks wear wristwatches? I have a photo of a monk drinking water from a plastic bottle and eating an ice cream cone in the Lama Temple in Beijing, activities that are not helpful to the planet or the body (although they are convenient and tasty, transient material pleasures). Of course, clergy from all religious traditions often fail short of ideal behavior but this is a bit over the top. I wonder what their side of the story is.

1:07 AM  
Blogger marley said...

Well I never! Whatever next?!

5:33 AM  
Blogger KerinchiGuy said...

when i told a singaporena friend of your photo and remarks, he replied:

"Welcome to the 21st-century.Near my office, there is a couple of young Tibetan-Buddhist monks who're regulars at Starbucks. They are there sipping lattes or low-fat decaf cappucinnos EVERY DAY, whilst texting on their 3G phones!"

tsk, tsk

8:55 AM  
Blogger USelaine said...

Maybe they never coveted the iPhone, but it was a gift, and they all share it, and it helps them connect and coordinate good things, and ...

Well, I don't know. They are people too, in any case. :^)

I like the interplay of the people and colors here.

10:06 AM  
Blogger George Townboy said...

My daughter told me a couple of weeks ago that she has become a Buddhist ... I'll have to investigate! LOL

7:28 PM  
Blogger Thiên said...

That is rather interesting, Edwin. I also thought they shun materials things since these things are impermanent. Hmm.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Lessie said...

I agree! Who would have thought? :)

3:11 AM  
Blogger Ame said...



I think I just wet myself LOL-ing!


5:54 AM  

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