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My Reincarnation

Postby kirtu » Mon Dec 26, 2011 3:54 am

Two thumbs up, sort of. :juggling:

To some extent it is a movie in search of a topic, a criticism leveled at the movie by several critics, including the film maker. A compelling glimpse into Namkhai Norbu's life, family and activity and unintentionally an expose of the lack of maturity and confidence in many Westerners in Dharma Circles (and a warning that upon the passing of our charismatic teachers things may irreparably fragment). While the focus shifts to the story of Yeshi's spiritual awakening, it is ultimately a tale of the development of a relationship between father and son.

And it's fun to see Namkhai Norbu as a somewhat goofy grandfather.

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Re: My Reincarnation

Postby Konchog1 » Mon Dec 26, 2011 5:10 am

Exposé implies the revealing of something that wasn't well known before ;)
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Re: My Reincarnation

Postby Mr. G » Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:28 pm

I really enjoyed the movie. Yes, it was a story about the relationship between father and son, albeit it was two tulku father and son. I think it also dispelled a lot of misunderstandings on how a genuine terton acts, teaches and relates to students. A really wonderful movie.
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Re: My Reincarnation

Postby kirtu » Mon Dec 26, 2011 2:22 pm

Konchog1 wrote:Exposé implies the revealing of something that wasn't well known before ;)


I think people may not be aware of how tenuous the situation is in apparently a lot of Dharma groups. This was unintentionally touched on in the movie.

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"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
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Re: My Reincarnation

Postby Malcolm » Mon Dec 26, 2011 5:01 pm

kirtu wrote:
A compelling glimpse into Namkhai Norbu's life, family and activity and unintentionally an expose of the lack of maturity and confidence in many Westerners in Dharma Circles.

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Re: My Reincarnation

Postby Tenzin1 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:11 am

The estrangement between father and son was sad to see. I think it is a symptom of Namkhai Norbu's monastic upbringing, that he wasn't able to relate warmly to his son. Seeing Norbu beat his cancer through his practice was impressive, though.

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Re: My Reincarnation

Postby kirtu » Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:34 am

Tenzin1 wrote:The estrangement between father and son was sad to see. I think it is a symptom of Namkhai Norbu's monastic upbringing, that he wasn't able to relate warmly to his son. Seeing Norbu beat his cancer through his practice was impressive, though.


Maybe but lots of fathers and sons have communication problems and conflicts. Yeshi said in the movie that his father is very traditional in some aspects and was following a traditional model of a Tibetan master. In some clips Namkhai Norbu was clearly reaching out to Yeshi and was rebuffed, perhaps unintentionally.

Namkhai Norbu also clearly said that basically personality doesn't really change too much with realization. That is sobering.

But all's well that ends well.

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"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche

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Re: My Reincarnation

Postby Mr. G » Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:19 pm

POV Kicks Off 25th Season with "My Reincarnation," an Intimate Yet Epic Story Of Spiritual Struggle Between Father and Son, Thursday, June 21, 2012 on PBS

http://www.pbs.org/pov/pressroom/2012/p ... nation.php
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Re: My Reincarnation

Postby kirtu » Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:31 pm

It turns out that there are outtakes from "My Reincarnation" that didn't make it into the film itself but are being published. Here is one with CHNNR repeating part of the famous story of himself requesting and eventually receiving initiation from Changchub Dorje and a surprise at the end.

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"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
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Re: My Reincarnation

Postby Yudron » Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:38 pm

kirtu wrote:It turns out that there are outtakes from "My Reincarnation" that didn't make it into the film itself but are being published. Here is one with CHNNR repeating part of the famous story of himself requesting and eventually receiving initiation from Changchub Dorje and a surprise at the end.

Kirt


I really like that one!
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