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Published on Aug 9, 2012
Jigme Lhundrup is the "Yangsi", the reincarnation of a greatly revered Tibetan Buddhist meditation master. He must train intensively to uphold this legacy from the age of four, when fifteen thousand devotees attend his enthronement ceremony. Even with the loving support of his teachers and family the way forward is not always clear. Questions begin to arise about his own abilities, and his place in the modern world. In this documentary film, director Mark Elliott (The Lion's Roar, Bodhisattva) follows a journey spanning fourteen years, culminating in the Yangsi's introduction to the world as a young man, when he must fully assume the mantle of his predecessor. With unprecedented access, Yangsi explores everyday life within a mystical tradition—and reveals the unusual spirit of the boy at its center.