Compass - Final Vows

Final Vows follows three nervous young women, afraid that despite years of preparation they might fail their final test of Ordination as a Buddhist nun. The process is physically demanding, emotionally draining and the ultimate test of spiritual accomplishment. These novices belong to an international Buddhist order called Fo Guang Shan based in Taiwan.
But this ordination is being hosted near Wollongong, an industrial town on the east coast of Australia. The temple is called Nan Tien – the Paradise of the South. Remarkably, three quarters of the novices are well-educated Asian women... And they defy all stereotypes. Reverend You is typical. Formerly a finance professional, she felt her corporate life lacked meaning.

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Production Year: 
2005
Duration: 
28 mins
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