A behind-the-scenes portrait of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of reincarnation and the human side of becoming a spiritual teacher. Jigme Lhundrup is the “Yangsi,” the reincarnation of a greatly revered Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He must train to uphold this legacy from the age of four. Even with the loving support of his teachers and family, questions begin to arise about the place of his tradition in the modern world.

In this documentary film, director Mark Elliott (The Lion’s Roar, Bodhisattva) follows a journey spanning fourteen years. 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.

Editor’s Note: On Gaia, we have a documentary about Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, the great Buddhist teacher who is Yangsi’s previous incarnation. To learn more about this great master, and further understand his importance as a teacher, see Brilliant Moon.

Featuring: Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche