My Reincarnation, featuring Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

We’re proud to share about My Reincarnation, a documentary featuring Snow Lion author Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. You can tune in to see the program premiere on PBS on June 21, or watch it online from June 22–September 20.

In honor of the ocassion, we’re offering a special 30% discount on all titles by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Visit his author page to view the full selection. This offer is valid through the end of June.

Watch My Reincarnation – Trailer on PBS. See more from POV.

Filmed over 20 years by acclaimed documentarian Jennifer Fox,
My Reincarnation chronicles the epic story of exiled Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and his Western-born son, Yeshi. As Namkhai Norbu rises as a teacher in the West, Yeshi, recognized from birth as the reincarnation of a famed Buddhist master, breaks away to embrace the modern world. Can the father convince his son to keep the family’s spiritual legacy alive? With intimate access to both the family and H.H. The Dalai Lama, Fox distills a decades-long drama into a universal story about love, transformation and destiny.

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7 thoughts on “My Reincarnation, featuring Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

  1. 1. I think it’s a shame that the big emphasis is on convincing son to carry on the spiritual legacy, making Buddhism into a family business. How about one of his gifted students carry on the spiritual legacy, who would be more motivated and probably better trained.

    2. Every teacher’s son is declared a tulku. Jamgon Kongtrul was declared a tulku in order to keep him at the service of the abbot where he was. Besided being questionable in reality, how about just depending on gifted students like Kalu Rinpoche, rather than kids or adults declared as tulkus and raised up for no good reason other than who their father was.

  2. I believe that people are created at once, which is not increasing or decreasing only transferred by Reincarnation

  3. I have gained much precious knowledge from studing Buddhism which helps me pass through this organic phase of life. However, I cannot accept reincarnation as plausable.

    Nothing in the universe was ever created. Material existence cannot come from nothing (nhility) anymore than it can become nothing. Both before and after the Big-Bang (if ever there was one) everything has always existed – only the form can change and that is not creation.

    We are what we have always been and will always be: the cognisant, qualitative essence of endlessly changing and transforming existence. This life of ours had no beginning and therefore can have no end, we are simply passing through what we might well call the organic phase of eternal life.

    Cognisant primordial awareness is an integral part of all forms of existence. It is the qualitative and intelligent counterpart of all quantitative existence in the entire Universe. We must confuse intelligence with the ability of all forms of existence to use it.

  4. I myself as well had skepticism about this most profound issue but my EYE was opened and all I say to those with question pertaining to reincarnation is continue questioning it, for we are actually never born to begin with —then why believe? It will become self evident. Hare Krishna

  5. I agree with all three comments! This film may have an inadvertent backlash if people begin to suspect that Tulkuism sounds like an old fashioned, thinly disguised good ‘ol boy system. Talk about a brass ceiling! You can’t even ever BE somebody, unless you already WERE somebody! LOL

  6. It is interesting that the responses here focus on reincarnation as an issue of belief and of politics. The movie seemed pretty specific about the effort of the father to allow his son to find his own way, and the focus seemed to be about the spiritual journey, especially of the son.

    In fact, it seemed to be part of the heart of the movie that there is no instant pathway to spiritual accomplishment, even when born with evidence of being a reincarnation to a father who is regarded as a master.

    IMHO, of course.

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