Thursday, June 18, 2009


This is Gesar Mukpo. He is a young film-maker living in Nova Scotia.
When Gesar was young, he was recognised as the reincarnation of a Tibetan Buddhist master. Since then he has spent his life exploring and trying to unravel what exactly that means.
Despite being the son of a very famous Tibetan master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who was one of the first to settle in exile in the West, Gesar's path has not been a particularly easy one.

This is Gesar's previous 'self'. Along with the title of being a tulku usually comes an inherited monastery, students and duties to fulfill. However, Gesar has found it difficult to relate to all this. Just imagine how you or I would feel if we were in his shoes.

He has made a film documentary about the whole tulku phenomenon as a creative way to explore and share the experience. In it, Gesar includes clips of his own master the elusive Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and finds other tulkus who, like himself, were born in the West and have had various reactions to the challenge.

The documentary, entitled TULKU, has only been shown once so far, in May 2009, at a film festival in Canada. It cannot as yet be viewed or bought but it is tipped to be a smash at the renowned Sundance Film Festival.

For the moment we will just have to enjoy a brief glimpse of it by way of the trailer which can found here

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