An inspiring movie to raise awareness about the daily lives of the young monks living and studying at the Sera Jey Ngari Khangtsen.
"Generally speaking, to help needy people is beneficial. But to help people who are studying Dharma brings much more benefits to the world. Lord Buddha himself said that to give a proper education to our children is far more benefical than to build temples and statues."
Geshe Ngawang Sangye-la, the main teacher of Sera Jey Ngari Khangtsen.
On each European tour, while performing the Three Tales of Ngari or the Breath of Ngari in schools, Geshe-la would explain how children in Europe benefit from good education opportunities. During these events, we noticed that European pupils and teachers were truly interested in learning about the lives of the young monks studying in Ngari Khangtsen.
Young monks leave their parents and family, some at a very young age, to receive education, love and care from their elders in the khangtsen, especially from their ‘‘House Teacher’’. This elder monk is like a mother for them. He takes care of the daily needs which are not provided by the monastery. He helps the children to revise their lessons, etc.
You will discover how monasteries combine the traditional education inherited from Tibet’s past with the new challenges of the 21st century. Young monks do not only study the standard curriculum of Indian schools, English and sciences, they also learn Tibetan, thereby keeping their own culture alive while in exile. They memorise Buddhist texts, pray or serve tea during various rituals, etc. These young monks are the future of Tibetan Buddhism and culture, and they study very hard.
Nevertheless, like every other child in the world, they love to play football and other games with friends. They love to discover new technologies.
At the end of their studies, they will be free to choose to move on to further education in the monastic university of Sera Jey, in South India, up to the highest degree of Lharampa Geshe, or to return to a lay life, having been equipped with a good education, a warm heart, a sharp mind and wisdom.
Geshe Lobsang Norbu will introduce the film just before the screening. He will answer to questions right after.
Financial terms: € 300 for a screening followed by questions and answers with the monks or 90 % of the admission fees with the opportunity to sell handicraft.
Note: Depending on the schedule, the local organiser may have to manage one night lodging and dinner for seven people.