On a remote mountaintop, former Buddhist monk Lobsang Phuntsok attempts to heal his own childhood abandonment by adopting 85 unwanted children and raising them with love and compassion at Jhamtse Gatsal, a children's community in the foothills of the Himalayas. This film, directed by Andrew Hinton and Johnny Burke, follows Jhamtse's newest arrival, a wild and troubled 5-year-old girl named Tashi, as she learns what love is and how it can help her to heal.

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  • Deepak Sethi

    Life lessons , one never forgets . Thank you .

  • Unknown

    Everyone of notoriety have more than one mood, how we perceive is how the camera or air transmits & how the receiver calculates. But our behavior goes a long way in creating an idea of how were perceived but again we all receive & transmit the way we do. If you need food & or want a TV like everybody else doesn't come it doesn't matter how & what.

  • Aysima

    I am very happy to see these good hearts,they proved to me that there is hope!love love love...

  • Katja

    It's amazing to see how love and trust really change those children and how Lobsang Phuntsok himself "is living all these childhoods" getting back part of what was taken from him... Love and compassion, great heart!

  • SIM LUCY

    very nice and educational video. Lobsang has a lot of patience, love and compassion to share with childred. i am so fortunate to be borne in singapore

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    I remember seeing this several years ago, it touched me then, it touches me again. Lobsang's patience and compassion is so beautiful and a great reminder for us to also be kind and patience with such love from one to another. I can only imagine how agonizing it must be for him to choose which children to bring in and be of service to.

  • Athena

    This movie reminded me, reinforced, the hope and joy love can bring. This was a gift and I am deeply moved.

  • Sharon

    The compassion. & love that he had & he didn't give up on anyone, especially the little girl. It was such a heartwarming story & because I cried it was because it touch my soulz

  • Carolyn Johnson

    This man, so badly treated as a child, could have succumbed to anger and resentment, but instead turns the suffering in his life into a force for good...mercy...love. Makes me ashamed of any of the grudges I've held or the small sufferings I complain about. I want to be more like Lobsang!

  • Michael Marchetti

    I am deeply touched. So inspiring,so beautiful! Thank you 🙏

  • Sister Marilyn Lacey

    No words to describe how this film moves my heart. Lobsang lives the compassion we aspire to live. He is gentle, wise, patient, and present. I will watch this film again and again. What we pay attention to, grows. Thank you.

  • Sr. Denise Landers, O.P.

    No one can change their past. However, loving each child, paying attention,listening to them, and touching all communicate affection and caring. This monk is teaching these chilldren how to care for others and be a community. He has a big heart that suffers when he cannot do more. However, he is svery realistic. His teachers and others involved talk with each other and once a decision is made, they get on with their tasks. I am inspired.

  • Jackie Sedlock

    beautiful beautiful beautiful souls

  • Aileen Donovan

    It reminds me that all suffering can make the heart open wider Kibsang's heart did. Then there is room for all to heal. It is a truly beautiful film that I will continue to reflect on and hopefully learn from.

  • Sk

    Just what my soul needed this morning. Thank you.

  • Chieftb

    How beautiful. We can all make a difference. We must try.

  • KZ

    An abandoned boy grows up to help many children in need. As an adult, he (Lobsang Phuntsok) makes a place for children coming from unstable homes. He doesn't waste his life being angry of how he was raised (unwanted) but rather wants to help as many abandoned (or financially unwanted) children as he can. Lobsang also listens to what the teachers who also live there, say to him. In the film, he wants to take in a 4 year old boy (whose father died from an accident, whose mother must work & while she works he gets bullied by older kids in the village). But the teachers tell him that the school is at capacity (85 kids) and that already their classroom, ethical & moral goals aren't always reached because the staff is overworked. He listens. Ultimately, he realizes that as much as he wants to help the 4 year old boy, the teachers/staff are correct. The film conveys his struggle with this truth. It also conveys how a 5 year old girl ( 'trouble=maker Tashi' is helped by other students . In particular, she is helped by an older boy whom Tashi assigned to help her). The children at this school, compared to US kids, don't have any material goods to speak of--and yet, they are being raised in love and taught about compassion and caring. So, they are among the richest of children in the world.

  • Pavan

    Most wonderful journey 🙏🙇🏻‍♂🙏 an abandoned boy, became a monk then started a home for 85 abounded children, he is father of that home. He is sharing his Love🙏 he didn't blame his parents, society, god. He has pain, he is able to other children pain, he is sharing those children pain and holding the compassionate space ❤️ bowdown to his compassionate action ❤️ I wish one day I visit and spend some quality time with all of them. Want to share Inner Child with and reparenting tools to them, which I learn from my masters.

  • Willa Pearls

    The film instilled in me a feeling that although I am 80 years old I still have a childs heart and can still lift the childhood of my past into happiness.

  • Margaret Thompson

    There is such goodness in the world. We only have to look for it.

  • Sandhya Johri

    As a mother it was heart breaking to watch kids with out parents. The brightest spot was their smile. All kids were happy and joyful. Thank you for providing the opportunity to have a peak in their life.

  • Dianne

    One of the most heart wrenching yet heart warming stories...thank you for this glimmer of hope and reminder of the power of compassion

  • Kiran

    Childhood is very precious, so as adults one should be gentle and give space, respect and freedom to children and their childhood. It was heart warming to see the children's spontaneity in having fun and sharing their joy and laughter, and the patience, peace and understanding shown by the teacher.

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  • Find out more about Lobsang Phuntsok, "the uninvited guest of this universe," in this interview with the film's co-director, Andrew Hinton.
  • Learn about the work of Jhamtse International, a loving home and learning community for at-risk children.
  • How might you show more love and compassion to the "uninvited guests of the universe" in your own community?

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