Tashi and the Monk
Directed by Andrew Hinton, Johnny Burke
In a remote community in the foothills of the Himalayas, a former monk struggles under the
weight of his calling. Once a spiritual teacher in the U.S., Lobsang returned to India to create a
community for orphaned and neglected children. Tashi, the newest arrival and youngest child
with a troubled past and alcoholic father, acts out and challenges her elders every step of the
way. But there is a spark in her that Lobsang sees clearly: a person inside the hurt, abandoned
child with the potential to blossom and grow. His patience and compassion for Tashi comes from
a deeper place than mere sympathy; he was a wild and troubled orphan himself once. The
portrait of Lobsang and his family of 84 children is a short and lovely reminder that while there
is a lot of darkness in the world, there are also beautiful shining points of light.
Q&A and dinner post movie.