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The movie Kundun directed by Martin Scorcese portrays the struggle the Tibetans face in their everyday lives and their religion This movie depicts the importance of the Dalai Lama to the Tibetans The Tibetans refer to The Dalai Lama as Kundun meaning simply The Presence This movie explained many significant aspects of the Tibetans culture struggle and religion through Dalai Lamas point of view Tibet has long been known as the Forbidden Land because of its isolation There are approximately four million Tibetans they are a distinctive and separate race and not Chinese Their language bears no relation to those of India or China although the Tibetan script has its origin in India The religious tradition in this movie taught me a lot about the Tibetans and their appreciation of their religion The Tibetans in this movie seem to be a kind honest open and cheerful people who are at the same time hardy tough self-reliant and fiercely independent Their devotion to their Buddhist religion pervades their every thought and action Kundun depicts their reverence and deep affection for His Holiness The Dalai Lama The movie starts off at the time when the thirteenth Dalai Lama had died It is extremely important for the Tibetan Buddhists to find the next incarnated soul of the Buddha of Compassion Therefore the Tibetan governments task was to search for and discover a child in whom The Buddha would incarnate Rinpoche was sent out to do the search The Fourteenth Dalai Lama was discovered four years after the thirteenth had died due to several significant reasons His birth was a unique one During his birth black crows had appeared Also his mother noticed something special about him he was born a quiet baby without crying From the start the little boy seemed to know that he was special His love and compassion for living things were portrayed in this movie For instance the little boy had
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