Am I Reincarnated? Tulku Documentary

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Am I Reincarnated? Tulku Documentary

Postby Mr. G » Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:24 pm

http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/passion ... 010/tulku/

In many ways, Gesar Mukpo leads an ordinary life. He's working to build a career as a filmmaker in Nova Scotia, he's had trouble in his marriage, and he struggles to pay his bills. But there is more to Gesar's story. Tibetan Buddhists recognize him as a tulku - a reincarnated Buddhist master. Gesar was three when he became one of the first people born in the West to be recognized as a tulku. For his entire life, he's been trying to figure out what that really means.

Tibetan teachers - including Gesar's father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche - began making their way to the West in the 1960s. By the mid-1970s, they began to recognize Western children as tulkus. Suddenly, a system that had ensured stable spiritual power and authority in Tibetan society for 800 years was transplanted into a completely different culture. And individual tulkus like Gesar were caught in the middle.

In this intensely personal documentary, Gesar sets out to meet other Western tulkus and to find out how they reconcile modern and ancient, East and West. Journeying through Canada, the United States, India and Nepal, he encounters four other tulkus who struggle with the meaning of this profound dilemma.

Ashoka channels his efforts into working for human rights in New York. Dylan, whose parents met at a Jimi Hendrix concert, spends half the year in solitary retreat. Wyatt grew up in California and recently moved to India to pursue Tibetan Buddhist studies at a monastery. Meanwhile, Reuben, who was born in Amsterdam and spent three years in a monastery in India, has become cynical about the tulku system and Tibetan Buddhism in general.

Tulku also includes interviews with some of the greatest living Tibetan Buddhist teachers. One of them, the renowned Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, asks whether it might be time to abandon the practice of recognizing tulkus. As he gathers impressions from others, Gesar reveals his own poignant story of living in the West with this unique label and legacy - endlessly scrutinized as someone supposed to be special and monumental. What does it mean to carry on a role designed for an old world when you're living in a completely new one? How will Gesar and other Western tulkus fulfill their destiny?

Am I Reincarnated? Tulku is directed by Gesar Mukpo. It was produced as part of the Reel Diversity Competition for emerging filmmakers of colour. Reel Diversity is a National Film Board of Canada initiative in partnership with CBC News Network.


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http://www.nfb.ca/film/tulku_trailer/
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Re: Am I Reincarnated? Tulku Documentary

Postby ronnewmexico » Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:08 pm

There are some problems here..

This reminds me of a specific I encountered years ago. A visiting Lama was giving a teachiing. A young very bright guy, I asked him for a specific thing in a private interview. He responded as per Gampopa's words from long long ago...I do not know this thing you speak of.

Well Gampopa very many years ago identified a specific criteria to address a person wanting to become a disciple of a lama, with what to do and how to do it,which was very appropriate to that time and day.
This lama by referencing that response(he certainly did know that thing it was core to his school) was utilizing a hundreds of years ago response to a issue. The lama was then to study the potential disciple and go from there...eventually giving the disciple if she/he were worthy more than what was asked.

But in todays day and time, a lama does not live a valley or three away but thousands of miles away and internet and phone do not suffice in matters of the spirit. And a disciple is not a disciple of hundreds of years ago but one with a differing circumstance as well. He/she may meet a plethora or teachers in one year or so, not the one, he may meet or know in a years time hundreds of years ago. And the teacher does not know the family of the potential disciple, the role that person fits into a society by occupation
the dispostion by geography of the personality of the individual and many other things.

So the response given was totally appropriate to a time and circumstance of several hundred years ago but inappropriate to todays time and circumstance.

So....there has to be modification to how things were done even by realized masters of years ago. They were simply not referencing todays circumstance.
The tulku issue is not far removed from that to my opinion. It must be studied to find to what and how this applies in todays world to prevent issue.

Issue it appears has already presented with far more tulku's pursuing different paths to speak nothing of the disciples of the prior tulku who may be left quite disencouraged. That is particularly sad.
"This order considers that progress can be achieved more rapidly during a single month of self-transformation through terrifying conditions in rough terrain and in "the abode of harmful forces" than through meditating for a period of three years in towns and monasteries"....Takpo Tashi Namgyal.
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