A Buddhist nun spins a prayer wheel as she passes thousands of hand-built cells surrounding an influential monastery in Sichuan Province, China. Government bulldozers are now tearing them down in China’s constant effort to suppress religion, but people are still building their little booths. Christian monasteries developed in much the same way; a solitary hermit would find a cave and go into hiding to pray, then other people would find out and want what that person had. This, however, is an extraordinary response. (Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times)

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