Mass Alms Giving

10,000 Buddhist monks assembled in central Bangkok this morning for a mass alms-giving ceremony. This was the latest of three similar events held to raise support for monks, soldiers, policemen and victims of natural disasters in Thailand’s troubled southern provinces.

Donations are made in order to earn merit and the 10,000 monks in attendance today were accepting gifts on behalf of their fellow monks in Thailand’s southern provinces.

Giving and receiving alms is a traditional part of Buddhist culture but it is a practice which is under threat in the south, where monks are often targeted by insurgents and so do not have the same opportunities to receive offerings.