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"An astonishing documentary"
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"A brilliant character sketch"
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"Khyentse Rinpoche handed me the torch when I was born.
    Now is my time to take it." - Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche"
"Original, authentic, and inspiring. I'm grateful to have seen it." - Lawrence Shainberg, author of Ambivalent Zen
SYNOPSIS
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Jigme Lhundrup is the "Yangsi", the reincarnation of a greatly revered Tibetan Buddhist spiritual master. He must train to uphold this legacy from the age of four. Even with the loving support of his teachers and family the way forward is not always clear. Questions begin to arise about the place of his tradition in the modern world, and his own abilities. 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. Shot on location in Bhutan, Nepal, India, France, and the United States. Read More

Director's Statement
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"Yangsi" is the most personal film I have made. The young boy at the center of this film has a lot to live up to. His previous incarnation was known to millions as a great saint. How does he does he deal with the expectations placed upon him? How does a spiritual tradition evolve in modern circumstances that are so different from those of the boy's previous incarnation, who spent more than twenty years as a yogi in retreat in mountain solitude? In answer to these questions I found a decency and wisdom throughout the filmmaking. Ultimately making "Yangsi" was for me an affirmation of the goodness of human nature and how it can be made manifest.

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A Homage to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Crestone Films today released the first 5 minutes of "Yangsi" in a separate YouTube video that contains a homage to the great Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. [read more]

Yangsi - New Screening Dates in August

The Alive Mind Cinema Series proudly presents Yangsi in a number of locations this August. Yangsi - Sedona Film Society August 21, 2014 - 4pm and 7pm More info Yangsi - Salem Cinema August 25, 2014. Salem, Oregon More info Yangsi [read more]

Yangsi in Boulder

Yangsi plays in Boulder as part of Alive Mind's Cinema Series. The showing is 4pm on August 31. Director Mark Elliott will attend. Purchase Tickets[read more]

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What People Are Saying About Yangsi

Thank You

Excellent footage, editing, great music, great sound mix. Great work. Thank You.

Two things

I LOVED the movie. Thanks so much for making it and sharing it with us.

This is a film I will watch again and again

I thought this a well directed and edited film. Lovely referencing and images of HH.DK. along with the new incarnation taking us through to the Yangsi in the present day. Also good bonus material. Really heartfelt interviews with H.E. Rabjam Rinpoche,Matthiue Ricard and the Yangsi's family.I think the film also conveyed the importance of the Yangsi receiving authentic teachings and empowerments from a line of authentic teachers.This is so important for the Yangsi to mature in to the global responsibilities that he is now taking on. This is a film I will watch again and again. Very well done and thank you for making this film.


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