The monkeys showed no reverence for these sacred statues of the Buddha. The bounded over them steeling flowers from the visitors and used the statue as a perch to consumer their ill gotten gains. The local guide did his best to shoo them away but once he moved they returned. It was a futile as trying to fill a bucket with many holes.
I’m not a Buddhist so the antics of the monkeys did not offend me. I took delight in their hopping about as it gave me the opportunities to capture them. I do like the contrast of the serene Buddha and the restless monkeys. The Buddha used the phrase monkey mind to describe the agitated, easily distracted and incessantly moving behavior of ordinary human consciousness. At this site in Sri Lanka, the phrase came to life for me.