Three is an incredibly important number in Buddhism, if not the most important. Firstly, there are the ‘three gems’: the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. Secondly, the three worlds: Desire, Form and Formless. After that comes the three bodies, the three roots of evil, the three characteristics and then zen. The all important zen, and it’s three pillars. Teaching, practice and then for the final few who have kept up with all that. Enlightenment.
Buddhism carries on a bit like this; revolving around the number three and it’s multiples. You see, really Buddhism is an extension of maths.
This is really a long, lengthy extension of why I thought I should show my photographs in sets of three (not just because it’s aesthetically pleasing). So here we are in Laos, amongst the monks and temples and multiples of three.