Welcome to Inthehabit

Inthehabit, the site for photographs of Buddhist Monks (and the odd Buddhist Nun) and their colourful habits. Unlike monks in the west a Buddhist monk is part of the community and thanks to their colourful robes, when they are in the habit are very photogenic. Many are boys (novice monks) from poor families who can not afford to educate, clothe and feed them. At around eighteen they have the choice to leave and get a job, or to become a career Buddhist monk, most leave, hence the high proportion of youthful novices at monasteries.
All photos © Neil Harris