A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:
Deep in the cicada-filled green forests 218 miles from Seoul, we find Coca Cola, Spider-Man, tigers, and a monk in deep meditation. Why these strange juxtapositions? In this film from the ReelEarth collection, the Buddhist monk, Dongsan, challenges preconceptions of what meditation looks like. Dongsan takes us into his studio at the Woljeongsa Temple, where he spends as much as 12 hours a day intricately painting in the traditional Korean folk style. The subject matter, however, is far from traditional… and delightfully unexpected: heart-topped lattes, phallic forms, and women in bikinis. For Dongsan, his art is a meditation of “broad acceptance.” Is this a required stance for the evolution of South Korean society? You decide.
Produced by Komeil Soheili
Join Buddhist monks for a traditional meal and spend the night in a temple when you travel on O.A.T.’s South Korea & Japan: Temples, Shrines & Seaside Treasures.