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
"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.
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]