Buddhist monks look at the Thai navy police boat which was swept almost 2 km (1.2 miles) inland during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami as they visit a memorial in Khao Lak, in Thailand‘s Phang Nga province, about 110 km (68 miles) north of the resort island of Phuket. On the day of tsunami, Thai navy boat 813 was on patrol about one nautical mile offshore serving as a guard to members of royal family staying at one of the resorts near-by. Thailand prepares to mark the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami, the deadliest on the record, that killed at least 226,000 people in 13 Asian and African countries. In Thailand, over 5300 people were killed, including several thousand foreign tourists, when the waves swamped six coastal provinces, turning some of the world’s most beautiful beaches into mass graves.
A mother and her daughter pray after offering alms to Buddhist monks near a railway track in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Thai Buddhist monks call a pigeon on platform at Hua Lampong railway station in Bangkok
A boy carries shoes as Buddhist monks walk in front of the Royal Palace during a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of King Norodom Sihamoni coronation, in Phnom Penh.
Franciscan monks wait for the arrival of Pope Francis before his general audience at St Peter’s Square on Wednesday at the Vatican
Buddhist monks and volunteers clean the 15m-high great Buddha statue during the annual Ominugui ceremony at Todaiji temple in the ancient capital of Nara, in western Japan. People visit the temple in the belief that a person who collects the dust during the ceremony will be trouble-free for a year.
Hundreds of Buddhist monks and devotees celebrate Vesak Day in ancient Borobudur temple which is decorated with 72 Buddha statues in Magelang, Central Java province, on Thursday.
Tibetan Buddhist monks holding ceremonial scarfs welcome their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, as he arrives at the Jonang Takten Phuntsok Choeling monastery in Shimla, India.
Monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan monastery in south India make a sand mandala of compassion and kindness in Salisbury cathedral. The sand mandala is an artistic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from millions of grains of coloured sand. The monks began the process on Monday and will finish on Friday when they will destroy the completed mandala, emptying the grains of sand into water so they spread as far as possible.
Buddhist monks who are supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), react during a protest as party leader Sam Rainsy announces the result of a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. Hun Sen met opposition leader Sam Rainsy for talks and officials said they had agreed to look at how future general elections are held but the long-serving premier refused to give in to demands for an independent inquiry into the July 28 poll. The protest was staged a day after police used force to scatter protesters challenging a disputed election win by Hun Sen, sparking clashes in which one man was shot dead.