the childhood of a master


Duration : 52 '
Support : Digital Betacam - stereo - 16/9 - 4/3 


Director : Bruno Vienne
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This film tells the extraordinary story of a young Tibetan master of today.


Young Kalu Rinpoche is a sort of Asian Harry Potter. His monastery resembles the school of witchcraft and wizardry. The monk tutors lead him to the dream-like worlds at the heart of Buddhist wisdom.


Kalu Rinpoche is Tibetan. He was born on September 17, 1990, in Darjeeling in India.
At 18 months of age, we filmed him for the first time as he was about to be recognised by the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of the great Tibetan master whose name he bears. From that time on, we have been at his side for each of the major events in his life as a future spiritual master.
At the age of 14, young Kalu is preparing himself for a retreat of three years and nine months at the Mirik monastery. At the end of this long period of solitude, he will have received all the teachings of his lineage; he will officially have become an adult and a "lama".


In Tibetan Buddhism, reincarnation is a real phenomenon, and a lama is regarded as the manifestation of the same person who returns endlessly to the world to carry on his teachings and, in so doing, to help others. 
These lineages of masters have continued uninterrupted since the 12th Century.
These children known as "tulkus" are not considered demigods in any way, but rather symbols of the human ideal. They represent the conscience of spiritual Tibet; they exist to transmit knowledge which would otherwise disappear.


A considerable wealth of documents has been accumulated over the years, offering a unique opportunity to trace a path through time and to follow the passage from childhood to adolescence of a child not quite like the others.
Kalu seems to have been "chosen" and this life of child-lama "imposed" upon him.
And yet, while in our society our "child rulers" reign over a world dominated by materialism, it would seem an ideal time for examining the destiny of other child rulers, who have reigned for thousands of years over another world, the spiritual.



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