The original description by the photographer reads:
The monks weren’t sure what to do when I asked to come in; the abbot of the monastery didn’t speak, hadn’t spoken for twelve years. I sat on the floor and talked to the monks, as the abbot watched from his huge chair and fed bits of cracker to a cat. After a few minutes, he motioned for me to wait, then hunted through some papers until he found what he was looking for: a colorful child’s book on Buddhism, which he pressed deeply into my hands. Rangoon, 1999.
This photo was taken in North Okkalapa, which is situated in Yangon (previously known as Rangoon), the capital of Myanmar (previously known as Burma). An awesome photo – I can’t believe this guy had not spoken for 12 years… (and that was 1999, so it would be ~18 years now)! It makes me wonder whether or not I’m following the right path in life – one could assume the kind of inner peace he has is incredible.
The photographer, known on flickr as tap_tap_tap is a very talented photographer – check out his other photos now! So good, *sigh*.