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From The Temple To The Village - A Buddhist Monk's Vision of Rural Development| 22mins
Director: Kalinga Seneviratne | Producer: Global Eye Media
Focus Years: 2003 | Country: Singapore
Subject Tags: asia, belief, community, culture, leadership, singapore, sri lanka, transformation
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
In this documentary on a Buddhist monk's vision of rural development, Venerable Omalpe Sobitha, a Buddhist monk from the poor rural township of Embilipitiya in southern Sri Lanka, set up the Bodhiraja Foundation in the 1990s to help his local community in development work. He believes that a temple should not only take from the community, but also help the local community - especially in impoverished rural areas - in both their spiritual and economic development. This documentary looks at how he set about achieving this goal.
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