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The Only Thai Monk in the Village

New Wales Episode 2 of 4

In 2009 Sawat was sent from Thailand to, surprisingly, Rhymney to spread Thai Buddhist teachings. Living beside a 'difficult' housing estate it has not proved to be easy to live a life of meditation. It has been a huge cultural shock as he struggles to come to terms with a different way of life and settling in Wales. Andy, one of Sawat's local followers and his Welsh solicitor goes on a journey of his own as he struggles to commit to his Buddhist way of life having to deal not only with family animosity, but also the death of his mother. With Andy's help Sawat tries to find a way to leave Rhymney, but will he be able to do so - will the personal and financial cost just be too high?

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30 minutes

Last on

Mon 20 Aug 2012 22:35
BBC One Wales