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Unmistaken Child [DVD]
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The beauty and splendour of Nepal is the breathtaking backdrop for this inspirational life affirming story. After his master dies, novice monk Tenzin Zopa embarks on a quest to find his reincarnation. His search leads him to a young boy who would appear to have all the attributes and disciplines of his master. Can this child really be Lama Konchog reborn ? Only a perilous journey to visit the Dalai Lama can bring an answer...... The Buddhist concept of reincarnation, while both mysterious and enchanting, is difficult for most Westerners to grasp. Unmistaken Child explores the myths and legends that surrounds this belief in a beguiling, touching and even humorous experience.
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I thoroughly recommend this DVD it has to be a strong contender for the best documentary of all time. If for nothing else, this film should be watch for the stunning cinematography and the adorable nature of the baby boy, Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche, however, I cannot believe anyone who watches this documentary will walk away unaffected by its moving and beautiful truth.
I honestly feel that words cannot do this documentary justice... so buy it, watch it and thank me after for my recommendation :)
So very different from our experience in the West, it nevertheless was captivating viewing and I can highly recommend it.
I struggled a bit philosophically at first while watching, since I've
been trained in a more western tradition of Buddhism, and don't take
the concept of reincarnation literally. And I had an even harder time
seeing a tiny child taken from it's family with no say as to his fate.
But then I realized that the documentary - which is told without
narration - isn't taking sides on whether reincarnation is real,
whether this child actually is the reincarnation of the former llama
(there are some moments that seem to actively raise question, where it
looks like the boy may being guided to give the right answers). It's
simply displaying a way of life and a tradition that has gone on for
hundreds of years. One that includes the cruelty of separating a child
and his family, but that has also led to such important figures as the
current Dali Llama, who has done so much for world peace.
And, in turn that leads to bigger, important questions about how we
raise children. If we never forced children directions against their
will at times, we might never have some of our greatest figures in
religion, leadership, arts, etc. But in doing so, do we also in some
way harm the soul of that child? Where is the line between freedom and
These are important questions, and the film raises them with skill and
grace, without attempting to force an easy answer.
It's also the very emotional journey of the young monk charged with the
difficult and uncertain task of finding the reincarnation of the man he
loved and served for many years. Whatever your beliefs, you can't help
but care for this charismatic and vulnerable monk on his physically,
emotionally and spiritually challenging journey.
Writing as a practising Buddhist, I saw this gem on TV late one night (it was actually shown on BBC4 as 'The Baby and The Buddha', so watch out for it). Other reviews commend the beauty and emotion of the film, the breath-taking landscapes, and while these are all indeed true, it was the 'affirmation' that touched me most. Let me explain what I mean...
Firstly let me apologise for putting such a heavy Buddhist slant on this; I'm hoping there are like-minded people out there who can appreciate what I'm about to say! If not and you're just curious, thanks for looking!
OK, here we go.... Watching the child react to being given the Rosary Beads that were his in the previous life, and how he puts them around his neck and won't be parted from them; his reaction to the finger drums, the bells etc of that earlier life; how he shows an unshakeable confidence and authority when granting blessings to his disciples, and so on. I found this to be very jarring to watch, and it has been an enormous inspiration to my Dharma practice (following the Buddhist Path).
Us 'Westerners' have and will always struggle with the Buddhist belief of Rebirth, and the conditions that naturally arise from this (such as the existence of the 6 Realms, Mother-Beings, etc), but this superb film spells out to us that these aren't just mystical traditions, but ACTUAL occurrences. What better proof do our inquisitive and questioning minds need?
Think about it. If you watch the film with a sincere heart, you will become convinced that the child is indeed the Buddhist Geshe reborn, or a 'Rinpoche'. Therefore, rebirth at the end of this life will definitely happen for us all, and it follows that it HAS happened to us countless times before.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A kidnapping of a child under the guise of religion - suggercoat it all you want with talk of different cultures, blah, blah, yawn, snnnzzzz - at the end of the day that's what... Read morePublished 11 months ago by kathleen lowes
Absolutely delightful film sensitively narrated and beautifully filmed.Published 16 months ago by papemoe
Excellent Documentary. Wonderful story, wonderful scenery. Great watch.Published 18 months ago by B. E. Rolfe
A very enjoyable story and sad in parts especially when the little Rinpoche was having his head shaved and parting from his mum. Read morePublished 18 months ago by J. Wood
excellent film if this is your religion or you are intrestaed in buddhismPublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
A beautiful story of loss, faith, and searching. A sad start to a gently gripping adventure to find a teacher, and the huge hope of finding the right one.Published on 2 Mar. 2014 by Lois Nite
Very interesting insight into an age old tradition and culture - we really enjoyed watching this and witnessing something very special.Published on 19 Nov. 2013 by samlion
Thought this film was very well made. While managing to put a modern slant on an ancient theme, it was extemely informative and helped me to understand the whole reincarnation... Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2013 by Tia Van Deurse
This glimpse into the workings of the Bhuddist church is both alien and very human. I find it bizarre that such age old customs still exist in the modern world but then Nepal is... Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2013 by Dyspeptic Spirit