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A YEAR IN TIBET EPISODE 4: MONKS BEHAVING BADLY

It is mid-winter in southern Tibet, where temperatures regularly fall 20 degrees below freezing. In the Pel Kor monastery in Gyantse, the director Choephel discovers some irreplaceable statues have been stolen and he suspects it is an inside job. But the theft gives the local Communist Party an excuse to put in a government 'work team' to weed out the monks who they think are behaving badly. Choephel gets the Communist Party message loud and clear and is forced to bring in major changes.

A YEAR IN TIBET EPISODE 5: DIARY OF A NOVICE MONK - AGED 15 AND THREE-QUARTERS

Tsephun is the youngest monk at the Pel Kor monastery. He was just 12 years old when he became a novice; now 15, he lives and works with his master Dondrup, a 77-year-old curmudgeonly lama. They share a single room in the monastery: it is a close relationship, but not an easy one. Tsephun helps his master with the day-to-day jobs of cleaning and tidying; in return, Dondrup teaches Tsephun the sutras and scriptures - an essential part of becoming a monk.

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