Tashi & The Monk


The independent, award-winning documentary Tashi & The Monk features the Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community. The film is a great way to learn about Lobsang Phuntsok and the work being done at Jhamtse Gatsal. The film is available in the US on Vimeo and HBO.

For more about the film, including ways view, please visit the Tashi and the Monk website.

Film Synopsis

Tashi and the monk On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place. Buddhist Monk, Lobsang, was trained under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama but 8 years ago he left behind a life as a spiritual teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas which rescues orphaned and neglected children.

5 year-old Tashi is the newest arrival. Her mother recently passed away and she’s been abandoned by her alcoholic father. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings.

Lobsang has channeled his own unhappy childhood into an opportunity for other ‘uninvited guests of the universe’ to avoid a similar fate. But Can the community’s love and compassion transform Tashi’s alienation and tantrums into a capacity to make her first real friend?