Three lay monks from eastern Bhutan rest in the Homing Ngayab Choling Zangtopelri monastery, a private monastery in Punakha, Punakha District, Bhutan on May 10, 2007. Lay monks are not necessarily monks for life and may leave the monastery and marry after some time. Within the monasteries that line the countryside throughout Bhutan, young monks learn Buddhist teachings, manners, and basic home skills among their studies and prayers. In past centuries in Bhutan every family traditionally sent one child to the monastery at a very young age, though at present families send children at their own choice.
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