Tashi and the Monk

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A Buddhist monk, Obsang, who spent years as a spiritual teacher in America returns to the Himalayan foothills of his infancy. There, he has set up Jhamtse Gatsal, a home for abandoned children. Tashi, a little girl with a traumatic past, is its newest pupil. She will be his toughest challenge yet.

"When I see the children laughing, screaming and playing, I feel like I am living the childhood I never had," says Obsang, who was an abandoned child. Now he wants to help those in the same position, like Tashi. Five-year-old Tashi is the newest arrival. Her mother recently passed away and she's been abandoned by her alcoholic father. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place among 84 new siblings. "She never shares. If someone takes her snacks she'll fight them," says one of the staff members. But Obsang is a strong believer in teaching by doing. Shown care and compassion, Tashi will soon become a loving member of the community.

Teacher and pupil share life's lessons in this inspiring film about a unique place: the extraordinary Himalayan haven known as Jhamtse Gatsal.

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