Director: Yuqi Kang
Country: Nepal, China, Canada, USA
Year: 2017

Glimpse the lives of children raised in Buddhist monasteries by following five-year-old Hopakuli and his older brother Chorten, two novice monks living in Lumbini, Nepal, as they navigate homesickness and infuse the rigors of a monastic lifestyle with youthful joy and imagination.

This film was available to stream until midnight on Friday, November 6th, 2020. Tricycle’s screening has ended, but you can find the film on Vimeo, Amazon, Google Play, and Vudu.

Hopakuli | Courtesy of Yuqi Kang

my soul drifts light upon a sea of trees

Young monks play in the courtyard of Karma Samten Ling Monastery in Lumbini | Courtesy of Yuqi Kang

Hopakuli | Courtesy of Yuqi Kang

The young monks of Karma Samten Ling Monastery | Courtesy of Yuqi Kang

Hopakuli | Courtesy of Yuqi Kang