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.
a film by Anya Bernstein
in Dharamsala, India
many thanks to consultant and translator Buddhist monk Tenchoy or Aioucha Erdyneev
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