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Ossian: American Boy, Tibetan Monk

PBS Premiere: September 4, 1990


Ossian Maclise is not an average American teenager. Born in Massachusetts, he has been living in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery since the age of four. At seven, his monastic order recognized Ossian as a tulku — a reincarnation of a high Tibetan lama. Ossian offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of a young man who embodies a surprising meeting of Eastern and Western culture.


TAGS: buddhism, monastery, spirituality, tibet

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Premiere Date: September 4, 1990

Filmmaker: Thomas Anderson


Thomas Anderson
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