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Filmed over twenty years, My Reincarnation follows Tibetan spiritual master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu as he rises to prominence 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 in which he was raised. With unprecedented access to the family’s private life, the film explores the father-son drama that results from a leader’s attempt to keep his threatened spiritual legacy alive through a son who is equally determined to establish an independent identity of his own.

Though My Reincarnation is about a Buddhist leader, the film explores universal themes of family, heritage, cultural survival, growing old and growing up. It will appeal to a very broad range of community. Anyone open to spiritual journeys will be interested in the film’s depiction of every-day lives in which the sacred and the mundane routinely intersect.

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