During his time on the Blue Note label, Thelonious Monk recorded a fine tune called “Monk’s Mood.” I thought of that song this week, not while listening to the music, but by looking at photos that I recently took of the novice monks at the Tat Ein monastery in Shan State. Feeling down? Feeling Blue? Let the “happy monk vibe” of these youngsters rejuvenate your mind. Monk’s Mood indeed! The joy and happiness that these novice monks exude is contagious. For me, there is no better therapy in these trying times. Enjoy these photos!