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Kundun is the biography of the fourteenth Dalai Lama who is the head of the Buddhist religion and the leader of the Tibetan government, who is currently exiled in India. It is the belief of Buddhists that the Dalai Lama is a reincarnated spirit of the Buddha of Compassion. Rebirth is an important belief and refereed to as the wheel of life. Rebirth is the process of being born over again in different times and situations. Karma is the connection between actions and forces, in which action will lead to wholesome states. Therefore, karma is the responsibility for unskillful actions is born by the person who commits them. In the film Kundun, the accurate portrayal of this belief is shown.

Kundun starts when the monks start searching Tibet for the next child who will become the Dalai Lama. "Ocean of Wisdom" is the meaning for Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama was two years old in 1939, and as a child, he acting if he was more powerful than his father was.

Once a monk arrives at the house, he believes that the child is reincarnated of the Dalai Lama. After the Buddhist ritual takes place, the monk lays out items that were once owned by the Dalai Lama, along with other items that were not. This was to test to see if the boy would pick up the items previously owned by the Dalai Lama, and after the recognition of the previous Dalai Lama's items, he is believed to be reincarnated. This is known as tulku, and Dalai Lama, who has existed in 14 incarnations since 1391.

There are eight components to the Buddhist path. Right view, which is the way of understanding and viewing the world. Right intention is the intention which is free from lust, green,