Tashi and the Monk

2014 ,    »  -   15 Comments
Ratings: 9.31/10 from 126 users.
Tashi and the Monk

Nestled deep within the foothills of the Himalayas, Jhamtse Gatsai is one of the most extraordinary and inspiring communities you're likely to witness. It's led by Buddhist Monk Lobsang, a renowned spiritual teacher who works to create a reality of love and acceptance for children who have been abused or orphaned. Tashi and the Monk follows that mission as it relates to one of the newest arrivals to his commune - a reluctant five-year old girl who's endured unimaginable neglect and tragedy during her brief life. By the time Tashi enters the community, she has suffered the death of her mother and abandonment by her alcoholic father. The youngest resident, she is ill-tempered and aggressive with many of her adolescent co-habitants.

Lobsang's approach does not rely on professional psychologists, prescription medications or any of the often misguided remedies set forth by modern medicine. He's more interested in building an environment that nourishes the soul. With tremendous patience and a graceful, calming manner, he empowers Tashi and the more than 80 additional children under his counsel to appreciate the gift that is their lives. He infuses them with a generosity of spirit and a shared sense of purpose, and unlocks within them an awareness of their own potential.

Tashi's journey is intercut with scenes of Lobsang as he rallies the support of his teenaged residents to act as mentors to the newcomers, and as he gently declines the pleas of several families who beg for his assistance with their own wayward children. He's operating on limited resources, and he cannot jeopardize the delicate sanctity of the environment he's cultivated. We learn of the struggles he suffered through his own suppressive upbringing, and his initial inspirations for creating the commune after serving under the tutelage of the Dalai Lama.

From the splendid photography of its awe-inspiring natural setting to its appealing musical score, the technical aspects of the film are uniformly impressive. But the beating heart of Tashi and the Monk - and the reason why it will linger with viewers long after its conclusion - is the rare opportunity to see a child find her hope again. It's a touching tribute to the transformative power of compassion.

Directed by: Andrew Hinton, Johnny Burke

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15 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Lindal

    Thank you for this inspiring film...

  2. Charlotte

    This was a very inspiring movie. It was wonderful to see, gradually, how trust, consistancy, love & a sense of belonging gave this little girl Tashi a playform to be a child again :-). A fantastic initiative this is - the world would be able to "save many souls" if more men like the founder took action.

  3. Martha

    Tashi definitely bloomed where she was fortunate enough to be planted ! Near the end if the film when the 2 were hugging, they looked as if they could fall off of the cliff. I'm sure they weren't as close to the edge as it looked ! Thanks for posting this beautiful film.

  4. Upali Magedaragamage

    Excellent documentary. Shared with many friends and everyone appreciated.

  5. Roy

    What an inspiration.

  6. Wendy

    Watching this documentary and seeing that compassion and tenderness are thriving in your community within a world that is still learning about such things, moved me deeply.

  7. John F.

    As good a film as one can see.

  8. Norm DePlume

    Moving, inspiring and beautiful. 9.5/10.

  9. Nicholas

    One day, equity will rule this world and all the children of the world can play, be free, be happy and call their father forever and ever.

  10. BV

    I'm still crying. About these kids and there saver. They need money. Please....

  11. Ros

    One of the very inspiring, touchy short film i ever watched. It really moves me as I can relate the story of Thashi to my nephew who's presently in rehab., thus, It gives hope.

  12. oQ

    To help a child through love is to help the future of our planet. Beautiful and inspiring movie.

  13. James Thomas

    What a wonderful film. Everything about this was touching and beautiful.

  14. Francisco

    The role of the fantastic healing nature around them, can't be ignored.

  15. Jan

    I LOVED this film....this beautiful story. It shows that when you try to help someone else heal, you, yourself, are healed. Karma.

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