REJECTED by his village as an “uninvited guest of this universe” because his mother was unmarried, Lobsang Phuntsok was a troubled child.
But he went on to become a Buddhist monk and establish Jhamtse Gatsal (the garden of love and compassion).
In remote north-eastern India it provides a home and education for 85 orphaned and abandoned children, including Tashi.
Her father an alcoholic and her mother dead, the five-year-old is a wild one, struggling to find her place alongside her 84 new siblings.
Tashi and the Monk is an award-winning documentary, showing at Luna on Essex to raise funds for Jhamtse Gatsal.
Prior to screening, monk Geshe Ngawang Sonam will give a short talk and blessing.
It’s on December 14 at 6.30pm.
Tickets $20, include chai and light vego.