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An excellent movie by a filmmaker who brings rare authority.
How rare to see a Westerner invest the time and effort actually to become fluent in another language; fluent enough to study under these hermits and make a movie about them!
That said, this is not really a film "about" Buddhism; it's more like having tea with a succession of people who have dedicated themselves to the practice. The hermits, men and women of various ages, are depicted as individuals with personalities and pasts, and their practice as worthwhile.
A really fine document.
Robin Rusty Ring: Reflections of an Old-Timey Hermit (rustyring.blogspot.com)
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