HONG KONG 2019
Thai and English with English subtitles
Directed by George Chang
*There will be a post-screening discussion with the film director at the end of the Premiere
**After the Premiere, the film continues to be available for online viewing until 13 September 2020, 11:59pm.
Phra Pongsak Techadhammo was a Thai forest monk who risked his life to save the forests of Chiang Mai. He was the first monk to bring together the government, the monastics, and the local people for forest conservation and rural development. The flowing rivers and lush forests of the Mae Soi Valley in Chiang Mai are his legacy — for which he was recognised by the United Nations Environmental Programme. This documentary tells his incredible story.
George Chang worked in TVB Public Affairs as producer and cameraman in the late 70’s, and Cinematographer for local feature films and commercial films in the 80’s and 90’s. He was Assistant Professor in film and video productions of Hong Kong Baptist University, and directed Artists’ and Designers’ Series for the Hong Kong Museum of Fine Arts and the Heritage Museum. He is currently retired and a student of Hong Kong Su Bong Zen Monastery.
This documentary tells not only Phra Pongsak Techadhammo’s incredible story but also includes many of his teachings and sharings from his former students, from villagers and monks to Zen Master Dae Kwan, and a Hong Kong Zen teacher. I hope that the making of this video fulfills Luang Por’s final wish of spreading the practice of the Dharma.
Zen Master Dae Kwan is the Abbot and guiding teacher of Su Bong Zen Monastery in Hong Kong. She studied sutras at the Kwok Kwong Buddhist College and ordained at Ajahn Chah’s International Forest Monastery in Thailand. She practiced in Chiangmai for a decade including two years of intensive solo retreat in Tu Boo Cave. She met Zen Master Seung Sahn at a retreat in Korea in 1992 and thereafter became his student. With full blessing from her Thai teacher, Phra Pongsak Techadhammo, Zen Master Dae Kwan returned to Hong Kong in 1992 to help Zen Master Seung Sahn establish Su Bong Zen Monastery, where she has been teaching Zen ever since.