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In Buddhism, alms or giving alms is the respect given by a lay Buddhist to a Buddhist monk or nun. It is not charity as presumed by Western eyes. It is closer to a symbolic connection to the spiritual and to show humility and respect. The visible presence of monks and nuns is a stabilizing influence in Lao society. The act of alms giving assists in connects lay people to the monk and what he represents.
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In Buddhism, alms or giving alms is the respect given by a lay Buddhist to a Buddhist monk or nun. It is not charity as presumed by Western eyes. It is closer to a symbolic connection to the spiritual and to show humility and respect.  The visible presence of monks and nuns is a stabilizing influence in Lao society. The act of alms giving assists in connects lay people to the monk and what he represents.