The tragedy of modern Tibet haunts this otherwise lighthearted tale of life inside a Buddhist monastery-in-exile. Like many Tibetan youths whose families fear for their children's safety in Chinese-occupied Tibet, Palden (Kunzang Nyima) and his young nephew
Nyima (Pema Tshundup) are smuggled to a Tibetan Buddhist monastery into Northern India. They're ordained and indoctrinated into the lives of Buddhist monks under the stern and watchful eye of Geko (Orgyen Tobgyal), the monastery's disciplinarian. The days are filled with ritual and prayer, but
life in the monastery isn't all austerity and self-sacrifice. Palden is particularly surprised by his roommate Orgyen (J...