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.
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
This is a beautiful and amazing film that plays well to Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike because of its depth and humanity. Sagely editing and incorporating footage from over twenty years in the lives of Tibetan Buddhist master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and his son Yeshi, Jennifer Fox reveals the complexity of the relationships in a cross-cultural family with a world-famous rinpoche as the patriarch, a strong and supportive southern Italian woman as the matriarch, and a son who, as a youth, feels distant from his father and his teachings. However, after having a family and working for IBM for many years, the son starts to realize that there is something to his father's teachings after all. I cannot think of another film that so subtly and exquisitely shows the reality of the Tibetan Buddhist community in exile, the ways it holds to some traditions while adapting to others. In the end, Jennifer Fox, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, and Yeshi Namkhai have offered up something that is entertaining and profound, a 100 minute dharma lesson full of light, illusion, family, and realization.
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