Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Buddhist delinquents forced to watch "Amy"

Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly; Associated Press via mail.com; Channel 5

Sex, Drugs, & Rock 'n Roll is the battle cry of our parent's generation...and ours too?

Drugs and drink, WHEW! We love Amy but her doc's a downer (dailysanctuary.com).
Amy addicted to alcohol, drugs, anorexia
(Channel 5) With fans all over the world still struggling to come to terms with her death, a Channel 5 documentary reveals the full shocking truth about Amy Winehouse's tortured private life. Now a newer documentary, "Amy," also examines her short life.

The Untold Story of Amy
Fame, fortune, beauty, youth, influence -- and it was not enough?

Delinquents forced to watch Winehouse movie
Giant guardians protect entrance to one of Thailand's many temples (Kai Kardd).
These darn kids today, venerable!
(Sep Singer Amy Winehouse, bedeviled by addictions to drugs and alcohol before her death in 2011 at the age of 27, was the subject of a well-received documentary/cautionary tale this year, "Amy." (See trailer above).

[Thailand is one of the most Buddhist countries in the world, with more than 90% of the population being Theravada Buddhists, but there are modern problems in paradise.] The Thai Health Promotion Foundation and the Stop Drink Network arranged for nearly 100 boys from a juvenile detention center, together with dozens of university students and members of various youth groups, to watch the film on Wednesday, saying they hope it inspires them to overcome their own problems.
The inside of temples is even more glorious than their heavenly exteriors (Kai Kardd).
What did the Buddha say about drugs, drink?
The film documents Amy Winehouse's talent, how she tried to cope with the pressures of fame, and her death of accidental alcohol poisoning. "I think Amy's story is a real story that reflects real problems in the society, especially among teenagers. When Amy felt too much pressure, she acted out and started drinking, but she was gifted and she found that gift. It's not too late for the students to find their gifts and learn from her mistakes," said Kamron Chudecha of the Stop Drink Network.

The talented jazz singer Jewish beauty and drug addicted waste case Amy Winehouse (AP)
Even though Winehouse was a celebrity with fans around the world, Kamron said he sees a lot of similarities between her problems and those of juveniles in detention centers. "These kids think the society labels them as drug addicts, alcohol addicts, and criminals. When one hits rock bottom, it takes a lot of courage to fight the loneliness and criticism, like when Amy has to fight the media attention and people around her. Amy lost the battle, but these kids still have a chance," he said.
The juvenile detention center outside Bangkok houses youths sent there for serious crimes such as murder and drug-related crimes with sentences of five years or more. Books and movies are shown and discussed as part of effort to rehabilitate them. More

Amy eventually performs "Back to Black" during her failed comeback due to drugs and alcohol. She's just like Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, said by investigator Tom Grant to have been murdered by his wife Courtney Love.

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