at Dechen Phodrang monastic school for their nightly puja (the largest monastic school in Thimphu). these are some of the younger monks. the night i was there many of the older monks had left to go pray for soldiers that had been killed in an accident at the Ha army base. monks within the Bhutanese monastic system have an official state function to provide the prayers at times of need like this, they maintain the social balance through blessings. also this evening, an apple farmer sat beside me, and he came with the first of his apple harvest which he brought to the monks as an offering for a good harvest to come.