Synopsis: UK/European PAL region 2 format. This inspirational documentary film describes daily life in the international forest monastery, Wat Pah Nanachat in Thailand. The film is interspersed throughout with the teachings of the great Thai Buddhist master Ajahn Chah. The viewer comes to know about the meditation practice, philosophy, and customs of the monks there through the eyes of a Swiss monk.
The filmmaker himself lived for some time amongst the mostly Western forest monks and succeeds in showing, from an insider view, the spiritual practices at the monastery.
One of the highlights of the film is the monks' jungle retreat in the far west of the country, very near to the border with Burma. This malaria infested national park is home to the famous river Kwai, which flows through it. The head of the monastery, Ajahn Pasanno, a Canadian and environmental activist, is engaged in the struggle to stop the last jungles of Thailand being cut down and cleared by fire.
The main monastery of the forest monks, Wat Pah Nanachat, was founded in 1975 by the renowned Thai Buddhist master Ajahn Chah for the increasing number of his Western disciples. Under his guidance, more than 100 monasteries have been established, many in the West. The first head of the forest monastery was Ajahn Sumedho, the spiritual head of the international forest sangha.
In German and English language.
"An inspiring portrayal of life as a forest monk in Northeast Thailand. Mr Rohrmann has taken great care to present an accurate picture that conveys the essence of the monastic life. I respect his efforts and skill in making this film and would recommend it as a documentary that would benefit people in their study of Theravada Buddhism." Ajahn Sumedho.
"The World Fellowship of Buddhists is of the opinion that the documentary is a great opportunity to make the world familiar with Thai Theravada Buddhism and in particular the Forest Monk Tradition. We believe in the high value of this documentary which includes well-selected teachings of Luang Por Chah (Ajahn Chah) and Luang Por Sumedho." Prasert Rungskul, Hon.Secretary General, World Fellowship of Buddhists.