Buddha Wild: Monk in a Hut

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Buddha Wild: Monk in a Hut

As written, directed and presented by Anna Wilding, the documentary Buddha Wild attempts to synthesize components of Eastern and Western culture, as it takes a fresh look at the lives, beliefs and shared culture of a group of Buddhist monks. Wilding asks key questions about what it means, within Buddhism, to live as one with nature and the environment; she also studies what actually transpires from day to day behind the doors of a Buddhist monastery, and questions the monks on such topics as politics, racism, gender and celibacy.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2010
UPC: 0885444397967
Original Release: 2006
Source: Reality Ent
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:20:00

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Disc #1 -- Buddha Wild: The Monk in a Hut
1. About the Movie [1:18]
2. Answering Questions [2:35]
3. From the Director [:45]
4. Dalai Lama [:34]

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Buddha Wild: Monk in a Hut 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BHauser More than 1 year ago
This is both a good introduction to Buddhism and a very personal film. It centers on a community of Thai monks in New Zealand, I gather, though this was never quite explained. Since English is a challenge for many of the monks, their interviews can be frustratingly simple and unsatisfying. Fortunately, personable director-hostess-narrator Anna Wilding has done her homework, and leads us pleasantly through the history and some of the trickier aspects of Buddhism, such as the role of women. Wilding is careful to differentiate between Buddhism's spiritual demands and what is merely local custom. Some of it's a bit superficial and the production is very modest, but looking past those complaints, this is a valuable, loving, welcoming starting point for understanding one of the world's great religions. Many of the details of Buddhism--the lotus blossoms, the hand gestures, the representations of Buddha himself--are explained for the outsider. The biggest surprise was how worldly these monks are. They travel all over the world, speak a number of languages, and have computers in their humble huts. After seeing this film, I couldn't help wishing there were more films like this--about Islam and Christianity and Judaism to start--which might add to people's understanding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A vibrant informative engaging feature documentary film that gives intimate insight into Buddhist monks adapting to the west.Uplifting and inspiring.Liked the combination of seriousness and humor and the film raises some important points.Good narration,cinematography. In fact the film made my day, gave me hope for humanity and bought color into my life.Highly recommend.Enjoyed all the bonus features and the clip of the Dalai Lama.