Sun. Feb 23rd, 2020

In forest monastery, Buddhist abbot faces bushfire with a smile

Buddhist monk Phra Mana helped build his bush monastery with his bare hands three decades ago, but when Australia’s worst wildfires in generations threatened to destroy it he stood up to fate with a smile. At the monastery, which around 50 to 60 volunteer firefighters were dispatched to defend, only a few buildings and water tanks were lost. True to his religion, Phra Mana has been able to accept the damage with equanimity.

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