Doc­u­men­tary, not rated, 75 min­utes, in Hindi, Ladakhi, and Ti­betan with sub­ti­tles,

Pasatiempo - - CAPSULE REVIEWS - I Was Be­com­ing Who I Was rin­poches, Be­com­ing Who

Rein­car­na­tion is an in­te­gral part of Ti­betan Bud­dhist spir­i­tu­al­ity. Signs and por­tents are be­lieved to her­ald the re­birth of the sa­cred master teach­ers who come back of their own free will to help guide oth­ers on the path to en­light­en­ment.

chooses to fo­cus not on how the lamas found six-year-old Padma Angdu, whom they be­lieve is the rein­car­na­tion of a re­spected monk from cen­turies past, although their ini­tial dis­cov­ery is men­tioned. The ac­cep­tance with which film­mak­ers Moon ChangYong and Jeon Jin treat this be­lief of­fers in­sight, in­stead, into the deep spir­i­tu­al­ity that ac­com­pa­nies Bud­dhism in the re­mote, moun­tain­ous re­gion of Ladakh, In­dia, where Ti­betan monks live in ex­ile.

is a story of young Padma’s jour­ney of self-dis­cov­ery. It’s a mov­ing look at the poignant re­la­tion­ship between a young man and an old man — the god­fa­ther he refers to as “Un­cle” Ur­gain Rigzin, who serves as self­less par­ent and teacher, aban­don­ing his own po­si­tion as a lama and vil­lage doc­tor to guide the child rin­poche un­til he’s old enough to be­gin in­struc­tion at a monastery.

The doc­u­men­tary be­gins dur­ing a cer­e­mony when Padma is al­ready nine years old, trained in the ways of the Bud­dhist monks, and of­fer­ing bless­ings to a con­gre­ga­tion of wor­ship­pers. He is re­mark­ably wise and well-spo­ken for a young boy. He tells how, in an­other life, he lived in Kham, Ti­bet, where he was a revered lama. At the age of six he still re­mem­bers it, fully ac­cept­ing of both who he is and who he was.

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