Unmistaken Child

Synopsis: In Nepal, a venerable monk, Geshe Lama Konchog, dies and one of his disciples, a youthful monk named Tenzin Zopa, searches for his master's reincarnation. The film follows his search to the Tsum Valley where he finds a young boy of the right age who uncannily responds to Konchog's possessions. Is this the reincarnation of the master? After the boy passes several tests, Tenzin takes him to meet the Dalai Lama. Will the parents agree to let the boy go to the monastery, and, if so, how will the child respond? Central to the film is the relationship the child develops with Tenzin.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Nati Baratz
Actors: Tenzin Zopa
Production: Ocilloscope Pictures
  9 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

Before he died,

I was holding his hand

and requested him to

come back as a reincarnation.

Geshe-La replied that it all

depends on your all's prayers.

I know that Geshe-La

don't like me to cry,

but I just could not stop.

And Geshe-La said,

"Don't worry, don't cry.

"I have done everything in my life...

...I am totally satisfied with my life."

"Don't cry."

But still, I can't stop.

Look, pearl relics!

Oh, here, here.

- Tenzin Zopa, use both hands.

- Be careful, the ashes will fall in...

Oh, look here.

A pattern in the sand.

Now you can see it clearly.

What does it look like?

A footprint.

Here, here.

It points to the east,

in this direction.

Dear Tenzin, we know you were

especially trusted by Geshe-La.

There was an unshakeable bond

between you,

and since you were little,

he took care of and nurtured you

right up until his death.

We must find his

unmistaken reincarnation,

someone who will continue

his kind deeds

and help all living beings. Right?

Therefore, you should take responsibility

for finding his reincarnation.

As you may know...

we checked the smoke

direction during the cremation

and the sand pattern

under the cremation pyre.

We were also told that

many pearl relics were found.

These are significant signs.

I personally informed

the Dalai Lama

and he said:

"If there are such clear signs...

...we can start looking

for the reincarnation."

I was, I mean, totally confused.

There is joy hearing that

Geshe-La would definitely return.

His Holiness already confirmed.

But when I hear that I have to be

the main person, I don't want.

I just cannot trust my feelings.

I'm not Buddha.

If something is a visible object,

of course you can see it,

but this is something that

you need to see its inner quality,

whether this is the same mind

of Lama Konchog or not.

But to know that,

only Buddhas know within Buddhas,

ordinary cannot judge

higher than your state.

Last night, I had

a very interesting dream.

It's Geshe Lama Konchog's holy body,

the dead body is lying outside.

And from Geshe Lama Konchog's

dead body, one little boy came out.

And he's like quite fatty-fatty

and quite small, you know?

So then he called my name:

"Tenzin Zopa, Tenzin Zopa...

...give me your hand."

So then I passed my hand.

You know the feeling in the dream

was so joyous

and suddenly with that joy,

I was waken up.

Swambhu Shrine.

This is east from Kopan.

Towards India?

It's here.

This mountain is the

"Snow Minister", Ganesh Himal.

Now the astrological check

will be done.

Should I send it to Taiwan?

Yes, today.

For us, your disciples,

born from your holy teachings,

there is no other refuge than you.

How could you possibly

forsake us?

Come in your unmistaken

reincarnation to guide us.

In one moment,

after Geshe-La passed away,

I got this very, very lost feeling.

Almost like I want

to give up many things,

just don't know what to do,

and like...

Because I never planned

for my life, you see.

Everything was planned

by Geshe-La:

"You are going to do this,

you'll do that."

So I always say "yes",

just follow,

and I didn't think at all

about what is going to happen next.

- Heruka Center.

- Yes, in Taiwan.

- Oh, Lobsang Jamyang.

- Yes.

- You see...

- What it means?

My astrology check

pointed to three options,

but one of them is much more

significant than the others.

I checked for the reincarnation's

birthplace and the father's name.

What came out,

with a probability of 95%,

is that the father's name

begins with the letter "A".

You have to search for a father

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