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EnhanceTV :: Video Download :: Foreign Correspondent: India - Tashi and the Monk

Foreign Correspondent: India - Tashi and the Monk
Foreign Correspondent: India - Tashi and the Monk 
On a remote mountaintop of the Himalayas sits Jhamtse Gatsal, a special school and home for 85 abandoned and neglected children. Founded by former Buddhist monk Lobsang Phuntsok, who trained under the Dalai Lama, and was himself an abandoned child, this unique community gives boys and girls the chance to escape extreme poverty and grow up in an environment where they are free to be themselves and dream about their future.

"When I see they are laughing, screaming and playing, I feel like I'm living the childhood I never had." - Lobsang Phuntsok

Five-year-old Tashi is the latest arrival at the refuge. Her mother has died and she's been neglected by her alcoholic father. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place among her 84 new brothers and sisters.

"She's a troublemaker... She never shares. If someone takes her snacks she'll fight them." - Staff members at the refuge

But Lobsang is a strong believer in teaching by doing - and under his guidance and the support of the community Tashi gradually begins to overcome the effects of her past and start anew.

Teacher and pupil share life's lessons in this joyful film about a unique Himalayan haven called Jhamtse Gatsal: The Garden of Love and Compassion.

Duration (mins) 60
Date of broadcast 8/9/2015
Time of Broadcast 20:00
Channel ABC
Price: AUD19.50
including GST


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