Photo: Young Monks Study at Jakar Dzong in Bhutan

Young Monks study in Jakar Dzong in the Bumthang DIstrict of Bhutan

Young Monks study in Jakar Dzong in the Bumthang DIstrict of Bhutan

Jakar Dzong (Temple) in central Bhutan, is situated high on a ridge above Jakar village in the Chamkhar valley in the Bumthang District. Built in the mid-16th Century it still very much a working Dzong. Normally you aren’t allow to photograph inside the sacred areas, where these monks were studying, but through our guide, I was given permission if I didn’t include any of the sacred objects. I found this scene so appealing because it so clearly illustrates that the Bhutanese value education and even in less ideal conditions – it was cold there – the students continued to study.

This images was made with a Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP Full Frame DSLR with theEF24-105mm IS Lens Kit.

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In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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