Our Life Is Like Our Breath

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Our Life Is Like Our Breath

Postby Subhatto » Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:01 pm

This documentary film describes in detail the daily life in the international forest monastery, Wat Pah Nanachat in Thailand. In this story, the viewer comes to know about the Vipassanā meditation practice and the philosophy and customs of the beggar monks through the eyes of a European monk, the actor in the film.

Besides the main Buddhistic philosophy (Theravada) and the monasterial life, this film also shows Thailand's social structures very impressively. In addition, one accompanies the forest monks to a smaller monastery in a national park on the Mekong river, the border river to Laos.

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 (Myanmar). This malaria infested national park, is home to the famous river Kwai, which flows through it. Here the audience becomes a witness, to how the head of the monastery, a Canadian and environment activist, is engaged in the fight to stop the last jungles of Thailand being cut down and cleared by fire.

The main monastery of the forest monks, the Wat Pah Nanachat, was founded in 1975 by the well known Buddhist master of meditation, Ajahn Chah, for the increasing number of his western disciples. Under his guidance, more than 100 monasteries have been established, some of them in western countries such as England, Australia, New Sealand, Switzerland, Italy and the USA. In England, there are already 4 monasteries in this tradition!

The first head of the forest monastery, Wat Pah Nanachat in Thailand, was an American, Ajahn Sumedho. He was the spiritual head of the international Forest Saṇgha and the corresponding Buddhist Center in England, the Amaravati.


P.S. For those who are interested in this documentary, I can share this through dropbox or someone got another idea to share.
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Re: Our Life Is Like Our Breath

Postby Crazy cloud » Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:40 pm

extremly interested (if legal ..?!), and db works fine over here


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Re: Our Life Is Like Our Breath

Postby Javi » Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:17 am

I googled and found a site with what seems like the full doc (in three parts)

http://peaceformeandtheworld.ning.com/v ... rbreath1-3
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