Compassionate action: documentary on the how


Often a question arises, what does it actually look like, to enact compassion, to express and live Buddhist principles in a human life? Stories come down to us from historical sources, tales repeated and retold that illustrate miraculous events in a far off land in even further time periods. These stories were most likely put together to inspire followers, but for some of us modern day folks, they may fail to do just that, in fact, they may more likely do the opposite and leave us cold. Stories are simply stories after all.

Finding inspirational stories these days, we might choose to look to other sources. Charity workers, teachers, that rare political figure whose ideals produce real change, a scientist perhaps that invents a cure for something? Others are inspired by current Buddhist leaders such as the Dalai Lama or Thich Nhat Hanh. Danniel Dennet, Michael Foucault  and other great thinkers might be someone else’s hero with their challenges to thought, belief and shared illusion.

I just got done watching an immensely moving documentary that impressed me very much and the story told is a true one. The events you see in the film are still taking place today with the quiet dedication of two remarkable people. It tells the tale of Phra Khru, an ex-policeman, ex-Thai Boxing champ, and current abbot in Thailand who takes in orphaned and abandoned children and raises them along with a nun, Khun Mae Ead. Both of these characters are exceptional examples of compassionate action: the real one, not the pretend super Buddha type. They gift life skills to kids and teach them how to live, take care of themselves and each other. It is a spectacular thing to see.

Tough love is how the two define their approach to these kids and one can only remain impressed and touched by the lack of grandeur, self adulation and reference to Buddhism that the two display as they quietly get on with changing these kids’ lives for the better. Buddhism is there in prayers in Thai, some meditation, but it is expressed in its most meaningful form in the genuine heartfelt prayers Phra Khru expresses towards these kids and it seems that they act, rather than as Buddhist prayers per se, as form for the depth of care and sincere wishes this man has for these lost kids.

I am often challenged by the question of how to care, how to do something that might be meaningful and helpful in this world beyond being a decent father, teacher and husband. Phra Khru manages to provide an example not through abstract holiness, but down to Earth realness and I cannot help but feel deep gratitude for this man and woman making a difference out there.

Highly recommended. Follow the link if you want to know more.


  1. Phra Khru-Udomthammavites(Phien Saccavaro) abbot of Wat Uttamayanmuni, Singapore walks out to protest Malaysian government.

    We fear about the monks in Malaysia is not safe in future. For UMNO party have more strong power in Malaysia. Now we have to announce that Phra Khru-Udomthammavites incorrect

    We will send this matter to the Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand because we have to prevent the titled provost (Phra Khru) living sinfully. Fraud of salary to the government of Thailand for every month.

    We are concerned about Phra Khru-Udomthammavites walked on BERSIH because we were humiliated by a Buddhist monk seen to that.

    พระครูอุดมธรรมวิเทศ (เพียร สจฺจวโร) เจ้าอาวาสวัดอุตตมญาณมุนี กรรมการบริหาร สมัชชาสงฆ์ไทย ในสิงคโปร์เลขานุการ เจ้าคณะรัฐสิงคโปร์ เจ้าคณะเขตตะวันตก (สิงคโปร์) สาธารณรัฐสิงคโปร์ (Singapore) ไปออกเดินประท้วงรัฐบาลมาเลเชีย

    พวกเรากลัวว่าพระภิกษุสงฆ์ในมาเลเชียจะไม่ปลอดภัยในวันข้างหน้า เพราะว่าพรรคUMNO เขามีพลังอำนาจในมาเลเชีย เลยพวกเราจำเป็นต้องออกมาประกาศว่าพระครูอุดมธรรมวิเทศทำไม่ถูกต้อง

    พวกเราจะเอาเรื่องนี้ส่งถึงมหาเถรสมาคม(Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand)เพราะว่าพวกเราจะป้องกันไม่ให้พวกมีอำนาจยศฐาบรรดาศักดิ์พระครูหากินอย่างชั่วร้าย หรือการหลอกลวงกินเงินเดือนรัฐบาลไทยไปเดือนๆ

    พวกเราเป็นห่วงกังวลเกี่ยวกับเรื่องนี้ที่พระครูอุดมธรรมวิเทศออกไปเดิน BERSIH, เพราะว่าพวกเราเป็นชาวพุทธก็อับอายด้วยเห็นพระภิกษุสงฆ์ไปแบบนั้น

    Phra Khru-Udomthammavites (Phien Saccavaro) abbot Wat Uttamayanmuni, Singapura berjalan keluar untuk membantah kerajaan Malaysia.

    Kita bimbang tentang sami di Malaysia tidak selamat pada masa akan datang. Untuk parti UMNO mempunyai lebih kuasa di Malaysia. Sekarang kita perlu mengumumkan bahawa Phra Khru-Udomthammavites Tidak betul

    Kami akan menghantar perkara ini kepada Majlis Tertinggi Sangha Thailand kerana kita perlu mencegah rektor berjudul (Phra Khru) hidup dusta. Penipuan gaji kepada kerajaan Thailand untuk setiap bulan.

    Kami bimbang tentang Phra Khru-Udomthammavites berjalan di atas BERSIH kerana kami menjadi hina oleh seorang sami Buddha dilihat itu.


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