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Kunden and the Dali Lama

            One of the most prominent figures in the Buddhist world, the Dalai Lama is believed to be a reincarnation of a man sent to Earth with the sole purpose of loving all living things and guiding mankind to being better humans. The Dalai Lama will live again and again, as long as life continues, and as we see in the movie "Kundun", the search for each new one is not taken lightly. .
             The boy, Kundun, was originally seen in a vision of the Reagent who was appointed to find him. The Reagent said he [the boy] showed him good signs, and after considerable research a group was sent on a long journey to see if the boy truly was the 14th Dalai Lama. Kundun repeatedly asks his family to tell him the story of his birth and the final time his mother recalls that there were two crows on their roof the day that he was born. We soon learn that the 13th Dalai Lama's family had to evade their home and leave the baby Lama hidden in the house, and upon their arrival the next day they find him alive and being guarded by two black crows. This reoccurring appearance of the crows is significant evidence for reincarnation because it allows us to see parallels between the 13th and the 14th Dalai Lama. The first way the group of monks made contact with Kundun, was by pretending to be passing travelers in need of food and shelter. The man in charge of identifying the boy spent time with him searching for clues that he is the chosen one. Kundun's confident attitude and self-educated persona gave way to his final task of identification. The final method of determining if the boy was in fact the chosen one was laying a group of objects in front of him and the boy had to determine what was "his". These items were not his in the personal sense but in the past sense- they belonged to his former self, as the 13th Dalai Lama. He correctly identified all of the objects proving that he was almost certainly the chosen one.

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