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Josh Ikeda-Nash, age 5
Oakland, California
“What I want to know is, why were there two buddhas at the end? And I liked the part where Mara threw fireballs at Buddha. I think Buddha is the best person. Buddha and Martin Luther King Jr.”

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Courtney Flynn, age 8
Boston, Massachusetts
“I would be honored for being picked to be a great teacher.”

Kate M. Linthicum, age 8
Albuquerque, New Mexico
“I liked the part where the monks sat down on the floor in the little boy’s living room, because that doesn’t usually happen—you usually sit on the chair. The monks think one of the three kids is the lama. At the end of the movie, though, the head monk bows to each of the three kids and calls them ‘teacher.'”

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Ten Ley Palsang, age 14
Boston, Massachusetts
“I liked when he pulled his own reflection out of the water. That was really cool. Last summer I went to Tibet and had the privilege to go to the Tsurpu monastery and witness the installment of His Holiness Karmapa’s reincarnation, who was about seven years old. The movie did a very good job representing it. I never thought that three children could all be the reincarnations, but my mother told me after the movie that they each represented the lama’s mind, body, and spirit.”
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Shane Jaynes, age 5
Los Angeles, California
“I didn’t like the burning body. And I just don’t understand the movie. I need to get a book on Siddhartha.”
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Nicholas Gaylord-Scott, age 6
Durham, North Carolina
“It was great! I liked the part when Siddhartha was having all those thoughts sitting by the tree. They tried to scare him, but he wasn’t scared because it was just his imagination.”

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Stuart Gaylord-Scott, age 8
Durham, North Carolina
“Awesome! My favorite part was when the children were visualizing Siddhartha getting enlightened. I especially liked when the army was trying to scare him.”
child10Sonam Liberman, age 11
Somerville, Massachusetts
“The background and places were really pretty—I saw some places I remember from Nepal. I liked when they were doing the Buddha story and I liked the actor who played Buddha, Keanu Reeves.”

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