Tenzin Tselek has decided to become a monk at the age of two. He dreams to enter a Buddhist monastery but first he has to graduate from Tibetan Children's Village, a challenging boarding school where he studies geography, math, Tibetan, Hindi, and English. He likes to dayream during his classes. On his day off, the boy runs off from school to the monastery where he finds an old Buddhist monk and engages in philosophical dispute about Buddhism and the nature of reality. The film explores his quirky perception of the Tibetan religion populated by a strange pantheon of Gods, magical practices, and rituals.

DHARMA KID

a film by Anya Bernstein

Dharma Kid

Filmed in Dharamsala, India

many thanks to consultant and translator Buddhist monk Tenchoy or Aioucha Erdyneev

 

IN PURSUIT OF THE SIBERIAN SHAMAN

A shaman caught
between "tradition"
and "modernity"

 

JOIN ME IN SHAMBHALA

Tibetan lamas'
odyssey in Siberia

 

DHARMA KID

A Tibetan boy-monk
Dharamsala, India

 

ALL EARS

Art of listening in Nottingham, UK

IN PURSUIT OF THE SIBERIAN SHAMAN

A shaman caught
between "tradition"
and "modernity"

 

JOIN ME IN SHAMBHALA

Tibetan lamas'
odyssey in Siberia

 

DHARMA KID

A Tibetan boy-monk
Dharamsala, India

 

ALL EARS

Art of listening in Nottingham, UK