Buddha’s lost children

 
Director  Mark Verkerk(Dutch guy)  stayed a year in the heart of the "Golden Triangle" to make this moving and touching movie.
 
Excellent documentary about a man, Phra Kru Ba Neua Chai, that used to be a professional Thai kick boxer, but did not find the career rewarding and became a Thai Buddhist monk instead. After a close friend of his dies he realizes his kick boxing career is not truly fulfilling so he abruptly stops his professional career and starts meditating to learn what it is he should be doing with his life. He decides on becoming a monk and opens a monastery high up in the hills along the Thai Burma border. This monastery is called Golden Horse Monastery and becomes a safe haven for orphaned boys from the surrounding villages. Many of these villages are along the route of drug smugglers so the villagers are often abused and scared into helping the drug war lords. Phra Kru Ba uses his kick boxing experience to train the boys in his orphanage to defend themselves only if needed and to help build the boys self confidence. The monastery started receiving donated horses being saved from slaughter houses, so these are used as well to teach the boys equestrian skills and how to care for another living creature. The work of this one single monk is to be commended and the film does an excellent job of telling a great story without imposing any commentary. The monk is not a traditional monk, but he clearly states he is helping the boys first, and a monk second, so a mix of skills are used to teach the boys life lessons. I am sure some Buddhist monks would cringe at some of Phra Kru Ba’s techniques; however I am just as sure that they are the right techniques needed in such a tough environment. He is teaching these young boys how to be responsible and respectful, most of which came to him with zero life skills. They are learning life lessons that they would not have received if left alone in their villages. Some boys only stay a few weeks and return home while other boys stay for years. Some boys decide to become novice monks and are taught how to meditate and care for each other. Each novice is given a horse to care for and each novice is also taught how to teach the newest novice. By being assigned the task of teaching the newest novice how to train and how to care for a horse they themselves are learning they have these skills. You can see the confidence grow within these boys in a very short window of time and it is a beautiful experience to witness. The stories that unfold in this documentary are heart warming and honest.
 

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5 Responses to Buddha’s lost children

  1. deepu says:

    hiiwohoo so me first here..Budha kids is interesting…oho they get horses too? wat for?niwy..ohhh rainy days ahead??thats really coool..you must be njoying that too, ha?hope you re done with ur shiftnig hurry burry….
    so how are you doing?njoying songs while driving? ummm take carehugs

  2. Ruma says:

    Hi Sweeti! It’s amazing to read about the extraordinary lives some people lead. In the above, I’m sure the Buddhist monk succeeded in teaching so much to the little children, about the necessary skills for survival in their part of the world. These people are daring and rare to find, especially when they come to a foreign land to work for upliftment of the locals. Thankyou for sharing this topic with us…there are so many courageous people in the world, and it is so inspiring to read about them.Bye and God Bless!                       Love, Ruma.

  3. Princess says:

    thats a wonderful plot :)will watch when i get a chance…

  4. deepu says:

     ohh my god so you are keeping a close watch over cricket world, arent you? umm me surpriced Sweets…yea very much he got to be by her side full time now on…
    so how are you doing? donw with ur hustle bustle there?have a warm time..

  5. Michiko's says:

    Hi sweeti San,
    In japan at back to 50 years ago that some young man become monks to trying teaching young boys how to respectble and responsibility in their life that in the ice cold middle of winters they got up 4-00am morning they have cold shower to starts a day
    they showed young boys to the begining of human life that how to cleaned the timber floor with towel ..it most of the boys a started crying because of achen their back but it’s part of their discipline LOL!…Todays the young boys are unwilling to do it.ha ha
    the monks are tough life they believed in close to the God?? I’m sure still exist somewhere in the countryside….
    They are taboo from woman and they are vegetarian as well…. 
    It’s totally opposited to the buterfly man in your video ha ha ha ha
    just thought about it D= ……Michiko   

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