A small contingent of Monks from the Cittaviveka Buddhist Momastery at Chithurst near Petersfield have made a pastoral outreach visit to members of the Buddhist community in the Southampton area.
A familiar daily sight in Thailand,but highly unusual in Southampton, a line of 4 monks in their familiar olive coloured robes processed through the city’s Above Bar.
During the short visit, alms and necessities for daily living were donated by those present.
Communal chanting, a token ‘ presentation ‘ of alms and a promise to return to the community when possible concluded the short community nexus. The monks then withdrew to consume their daily meal under the protecting boughs of the surrounding oaks.
Photographs & words : Tony Knight photography & MEDIA