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My Reincarnation (2011)

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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 ...
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu ...


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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Learning to Swim  »

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$6,498 (USA) (30 October 2011)


$92,674 (USA) (6 May 2012)

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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 wonderful movie that will open your mind and open your heart
24 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So much media, so little time. I will submit to you that this end of a horrible year is possibly one of the best movie runs in a long long time. And to kick things off, you could do yourself a favor by watching this remarkable documentary about the complex relationship between exiled Tibetan spiritual master Cheogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche and his Italian-born son. The incredible things about documentaries is that they get made at all. And when a film opens you up to a whole world, thousands of years of tradition and practices, and a remarkable family struggle, all at the same time, then watch and pray this happens more often. So in a real sense, this film is beyond criticism, ratings and all the rest. The fact that it exists, and that you, living your hum drum life might get to see it, and that it shows a real life drama so much more moving and important that any other film or TV show or Internet blabber that you might waste your time with is enough said. Watch this, open your mind, and experience what can only be said to be a tale for our time. For the fact that the cruelty and hatred that spawned all of it is still there, and that maybe, just maybe, by watching this we might be inspired to do some small thing to assist those who suffer,is all that really matters. Enough said.

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