POV kicks off its 25th season with My Reincarnation, a documentary that follows Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s rise as a Buddhist teacher in the West, while his son Yeshi, recognized as the reincarnation of a Buddhist master, breaks away to embrace the modern world.

My Reincarnation
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu teaches while his son, Yeshi, looks on as Rinpoche gives teachings to thousands of local Kalmyks. (Photo credit: Zohe Film Productions, Inc.)

Watch the documentary on PBS stations starting this Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 10 PM. Check your local listings.

Filmed over 20 years by acclaimed documentarian Jennifer Fox, My Reincarnation chronicles the epic story of exiled Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and his Western-born son, Yeshi. Can the father convince his son to keep the family’s spiritual legacy alive? With intimate access to both the family and H.H. The Dalai Lama, Fox distills a decades-long drama into a universal story about love, transformation and destiny.

View the trailer for the documentary My Reincarnation.
U.S. Broadcast Premiere: Thursday, June 21, 2012, on POV.

You can watch the film now, before it airs on PBS stations, on POV’s website and on PBS’s mobile apps for iPad or iPhone, then watch the film online, for a limited time, starting Friday, June 22, 2012.

Whether you watch the film on your phone, on our website or on television, visit POV’s My Reincarnation companion site for more interactive features — Learn more about Buddhist beliefs and practices, watch additional video, get an update on the father and son from the film, download classroom and event resources, and gain insight into the documentary production process with director Jennifer Fox.

And, as always, we’re sharing your reactions to the program. Join the conversation on the My Reincarnation companion site, on Facebook or Twitter.

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.