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Tomorrow on PBS: “My Reincarnation” (VIDEO)

Heads up! Tomorrow P.O.V. on PBS is broadcasting what sounds like a fascinating independent documentary, filmed over the course of 20 years by Jennifer Fox.  Check your local listings: film runs 10pm – 11:30pm.

Thanks to Rick Harlan of BPF Seattle for the tip!

Filmed over twenty years by acclaimed documentarian Jennifer Fox (FLYING: CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN), MY REINCARNATION chronicles the epic story of the high Tibetan Buddhist Master, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, and his western-born son, Yeshi. The film follows Namkhai Norbu’s rise to greatness as a Buddhist teacher in the West, while his son, Yeshi, recognized at birth as the reincarnation of a famous spiritual master, breaks away from his father’s tradition to embrace the modern world.

Can the father convince his son to keep the family’s threatened spiritual legacy alive? Never before has a high Tibetan Master allowed such complete access to his private life and it is doubtful that another ever will. With her signature intimate entry to both family and icons including the Dalai Lama, Fox expertly distills a decades-long drama into a universal story about love, transformation, and destiny.

Comments (1)

  • Rebecca

    It’s an extraordinary film – I happened to stumble on it last week (it’s available on either Netflix or Amazon for streaming – I forget), and here I stumble upon it again! I thought it was difficult initially – quite unsparing visually and emotionally. This is not a romance-the-guru film. But the story patiently unfolds and evolves and the ending is achingly lovely and profound, so stick around for it. I don’t know what non-Buddhists will make of it, but for one who has long loved Dzogchen teachings and deeply admired this teacher, the startling earthiness and psychological honesty here, and the slow dawn of understanding, was simply killer beautiful. There, I think I managed to avoid spoilers.

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