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Yvonne de la Vega,
Lama Norbu comes to Seattle in search of the reincarnation of his dead teacher, Lama Dorje. His search leads him to young Jesse Conrad, Raju, a waif from Kathmandu, and an upper class Indian girl. Together, they journey to Bhutan where the three children must undergo a test to prove which is the true reincarnation. Interspersed with this, is the story of Siddharta, later known as the Buddha. It traces his spiritual journey from ignorance to true enlightenment.Written by
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Once upon a time, in a village in ancient India, there was a little goat and a priest. The priest wanted to sacrifice the goat to the gods. He raised him arm to cut the goat's throat, when suddenly the goat began to laugh. The priest stopped, amazed, and asked the goat, "why do you laugh? Don't you know I'm about to cut your throat?" "Oh yes," said the goat. "After 499 times dying and being reborn as a goat, I will be reborn as a human being." Then the little goat began to cry. The...
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It may seem unrealistic to think that late 20th-century parents of a small child could entertain the idea that their child could have a significant connection with Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. However, if the viewer has any sympathy for the truth in the story, she or he could consider that the parents themselves could have had past lives in Tibet, or that they are in need of a spiritual awakening, and therefore these seemingly implausible developments and choices are not so very improbable to believe. Bertolucci does his usual magic here, re-telling the story of the Buddha compellingly; Reeves shows a real feel for this character, this icon. There is also a great plot twist--one that challenges the ideas of people who believe in reincarnation. Americans have known for decades now that Buddhism has something for us; it is nice to think that the great soul of a high lama would be so compassionate as to come here in a new way. The Dalai Lama has hinted that things might have to change with the lamas--it seems likely.
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