Movie Feel Good Review – In Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece detailing the life of the Dalai Lama, four different actors portray the spiritual leader at various stages of his life. This epic begins with the discovery of a toddler who is regarded as a reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, the reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion.
The toddler is tested and passes by correctly identifying objects belonging to the 13th Dalai Lama. Tibet’s spiritual leader has come back and has been found. It’s an honoring of a pledge to keep returning as long as there is life on Earth.
The video shows fascinating scenes of adults bowing down to a two year old as he is brought to the palace. We witness the special education tailored to the new Tibetan leader.
Fortunately the overwhelming duties are assisted by a staff of advisors. And finally the teenage Dalai Lama announces that he is in charge. The advisers happily defer to him. They know he has finally arrived.
Tibet’s conditions rapidly worsen as Mao’s Red China invades Tibet in the name of liberation. Various high ranking military leaders visit the Dalai Lama and make demands. These demands are met with a stare and silence.
Kundun, another name for the Dalai Lama, finally visits Mao Tse Tung in Red China and is greeted with a thin veil of politeness. Mao’s parting words were "Religion is Poison."
The film’s main lesson is depicted by masterful artwork created with multi colored sand. It is an absolute beautiful creation of love. And then the masterpiece is wiped away.
This demonstrates the Buddhist belief that physical objects are only temporary. The only lasting reality is the being.
Although Kundun was forced out of Tibet, the victory is not in the physical universe. The victory for Tibetans is a victory of the spiritual being.
You can check out the trailer below.
Movie Feel Good Review: Good movie. Go for it.