“Oasis of Silence” Photo-Movie by Beat Presser

In 2000 Beat Presser travelled to Thailand to honour a pledge. Thirty years earlier monks in a Buddhist monastery had, after the young adventurer met with a heavy accident, cured him of a critical spine injury. Beat Presser had then vowed to return to Southeast Asia one day, and to create a photographic story on Buddhism. During five years, Beat Presser lived and worked in monasteries in Thailand, India, Laos, Burma,Sri Lanka and Cambodia, and documented the daily routines and spiritual practices of monks, novices and nuns.