Buddhist Monks - Setting Out To Change Their World View
Year: 2008
Run-Time: 1 x 28 min.

Directed by Nicole Foelsterl

4-Films in association with ORF
Available worldwide

Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9

Buddhist Monks - Setting Out To Change Their World View

Kugel oder Scheibe? Wie Buddhisten ihr Weltbild ändern

For centuries, Buddhist monks lived strictly according to their beliefs, isolated in remote areas, far from civilisation. They rarely heard of advances in the world, if indeed at all. To this day some of the monks still don't realise that the earth is round. All that is about to change dramatically however: Tibetan monks living in exile are increasingly coming to grips with the modern world and taking classes in physics, mathematics and medicine. Remaining true to the precepts of Buddhism, which call for the constant re-examination of things, they are attempting to reconcile the reality of our globalised world with the knowledge they have inherited. This documentary reveals how, in remote areas of India, religion and science are being reconciled and shows the monk's efforts to integrate medical, historical and scientific facts into their Buddhist beliefs.

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