Unmistaken Child: Tsum in film
Whether you are passing along the Manaslu trekking route, or heading deep into Tsum Valley, here is a film to watch. It will help deepen your understanding of some of the important facets of life in these areas. When you understand what is important to people, and how they think, then it is possible to see a little bit deeper that the beautiful landscapes of Manaslu, Nubri, Kutang and Tsum.
The Buddhist concept of reincarnation, while both mysterious and enchanting, is hard for most westerners to grasp. UNMISTAKEN CHILD follows the four-year search for the reincarnation of Lama Konchog, a world-renowned Tibetan master who passed away in 2001 at age 84. The Dalai Lama charges the deceased monk’s devoted disciple, Tenzin Zopa (who had been in his service since the age of seven), to search for his master’s reincarnation.
Tenzin sets off on this unforgettable quest on foot, mule and even helicopter, through breathtaking landscapes and remote traditional Tibetan villages. Along the way, Tenzin listens to stories about young children with special characteristics, and performs rarely seen ritualistic tests designed to determine the likelihood of reincarnation. He eventually presents the child he believes to be his reincarnated master to the Dalai Lama so that he can make the final decision.
We’d encourage you to purchase the Unmistaken Child DVD online here, so that the director and team are compensated for their skills and efforts. However, if you’re short of time or money, there are clips on youtube and a trailer below.