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.