Featuring the Tulkus:
- Dongszar Khysetze Rinpoche
- The Sixteenth Karmapa
- Dylan Henderson
- Reuben Derkson
- Wyatt Arnold
- Asoka Mukpo
- DOXA Documentary Film Festival
- Vancouver Film Festival
- Buddhist Film Festival Europe
- Atlantic Film Festival
- Calgary International Film Festival
Gesar Mukpo was three when he became one of the first people born in the West to be recognized as a tulku – the present-day reincarnation of a Buddhist master. For his entire life, he's been trying to figure out what that really means.
Starting in the mid-1970s, Tibetan teachers – including Gesar's father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche – began recognizing Western children as tulkus. Suddenly, a system that had ensured stable spiritual power and authority in Tibetan society for 800 years was transplanted into a completely different culture.
In this intensely personal documentary, Gesar sets out to meet other tulkus to find out how they reconcile modern and ancient, East and West. Journeying through Canada, the United States, India and Nepal, he encounters four other tulkus who struggle with the meaning of this profound dilemma. What does it mean to carry on this ancient tradition designed for an old world when you’re living in a completely new one?
Directed and Written by: Gesar Mukpo
Producer: Kent Martin
Editor: Ethan Neville, Rohan Fernando
Cinematography: Pablo Bryant, Ethan Neville