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Tibetan Buddhist Master Choogyal Namkhai Norbu watches as his western-born son, Yeshi, who was recognized at birth as the reincarnation of a famous spiritual master, considers departing from tradition to embrace the modern world.


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Yeshi Silvano Namkhai ...
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For twenty years, filmmaker Jennifer Fox has been following the high Tibetan master, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche and his Italian born son, Yeshi, with her camera. The result is the astounding feature length documentary, MY REINCARNATION, which tells the rare inside story of one of the last reincarnate teachers to be trained in Tibet and his son's stubborn reluctance to follow in his father's footsteps. Rinpoche escaped Tibet in 1959 and settled in Italy, where he married and had two children, of which Yeshi was the first. As a boy, Yeshi was recognized as the reincarnation of a famous spiritual master, who died after the Chinese invaded Tibet. But Yeshi grew up in Italy and never wanted to have anything to do with this legacy... Written by Anonymous

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A Father. A Son. A Destiny.


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28 October 2011 (USA)  »

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Yeshi Silvano Namkhai: We don't have a real emotional relationship, me and my father. He always treats me like the son of a master. Not like a father and son of any Italian family.
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A Unique Film
27 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My Reincarnation is the result of 20 years of gathering footage of Namkhai Norbu's sometimes-rocky relationship with his Western born son, Yeshe. The film beautifully captures Yeshe's gradual acceptance of his fate, as the reincarnation of Norbu's uncle.

I am a fan of this film because it deals with a spiritual topic without being preachy, it touches on a (universal) theme of parent-child struggle -- the rebellious teenage son going against his father's wishes.. except in this case the father happens to be a world-renowned Tibetan Buddhist Master! MR provides extraordinary access into this world.

Certainly worth checking out!

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