Buddhism in Film

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Buddhism in Film: Tashi and the Monk

Buddhism in Film is a virtual class offered by the Henjyoji Shingon Buddhist Temple, led by Kosho Finch Sensei.

For this class, we'll watch a film on our own time and reflect on the dharma. Then we'll meet online as a group to discuss Buddhist concepts revealed in the cinematic narrative.


On Sunday, March 14, we'll be discussing Tashi and the Monk, a documentary about 5-year-old Tashi, who is the newest arrival at an orphange founded by Buddhist Monk Lobsang.

For more information on the movie, go to tashiandthemonk.com

The movie is available to watch on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/95735800

Tashi and the Monk is also available via Amazon Prime.

Films Watched:

Spring Summer Fall Winter and Spring

This feature highlights the inevitability of change and the grit of humanity — including (trigger warning) lust, murder and suicide — through the relationship between a monk and his apprentice, using the symbolism of seasons and markers of time.

The Buddha

This documentary unveils the life of the Buddha through historical events, art and the interpretations of contemporary Buddhists, and could've had a more equitable depiction of interviewees.

Monk with a Camera

This documentary shares the story of a famous photographer turned monk then abbot, and has an underlying theme of renouncing then utilizing privledge and power to serve the community.


Pixar brings the meaningfulness of Dios de los Muertos alive in this heartwarming coming-of-age/whodunnit that reveals the unexpected in life and our own life stories through the eyes of Miguel, a young aspiring musician who is forbidden to pursue his dream and discovers who he truly is through engaging with his ancestors.


This Bollywood drama, repleate with a half-dozen filmi numbers, follows the topsy-turvy life of Prince Asoka and depicts a fictional narrative of what led to him becoming a Buddhist; this movie assumes the viewer knows the influence Asoka had on India and spreading the wisdom of the Buddha...and didn't include it in three hours of running time.

Jeong Kwan on Chef's Table

Jeong Kwan, a Seon Buddhist nun who lives in the Chunjinam Hermitage at the Baegyangsa temple in South Korea, cultivates food prep and sharing cusine as a spirtual practice with the sangha in the episode of Chef's Table that features her exquisite vegetarian meals and keen insights.


This renowned cinematic wonder from director Im Kwon-taek follows the lives of two Buddhist monks in the contemporary Korean world and tracks their obstacles and delusions with a visceral lens that leaves the viewer with a slew of philosophical conundrums.

Walk with Me

This slow-paced documentary softly touches on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village and reflects the gentleness of mindfulness practice in the narrative and structure of the film.

Infinite Potential: The Life and Ideas of David Bohm

This documentary explores the life of physicist David Bohm who set sights on Eastern philosophy to unify relativity and quantum theory only to be exiled and shunned; today's physicists draw on his formerly ignored work for inspiration to connect macro and micro worlds.

The Razor's Edge

This movie is based on the W. Somerset Maugham book about a World War I veteran who rejects conformity in America and travels in search of life's deeper meaning.

Zen: The Life of Master Dogen

This biopic illustrates the life of Master Dogen, a Japanese monk who brought Soto Zen practice to Japan from China in the 13th Century.

Pilgrimage to Koyasan

Kosho Finch Sensei recommends reading Echoes of Incense journal by Don Weiss to supplement this documentary film about pilgrimage to Koyasan in Japan.

Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds

This action-packed magical realism film depicts esoteric Buddhist concepts as well as Korean cultural elements connected to spirituality.

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